Recap: A’s @ Blue Jays Game 117
Wrap: Oakland 5, Toronto 1. A’s 67-50 (2nd Place, 1 game back)
A big four run fourth saved the day for Oakland. The game started with a ten pitch at bat between Chris Young and J.A. Happ that ended with a Young leadoff home run. That run would hold up as the only run until an Alberto Callaspo error would cost the A’s their tenuous hold on a lead in the eighth inning. Callaspo avenged his failure with a bases loaded two-run double in the next half inning and the A’s would ultimately win by a final score of 5-1.
The A’s bats didn’t do a heck of a lot just seven hits and three drawn walks and the lack of results showed with them going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. That said when it mattered the A’s got the runs they needed as Callaspo capitalized with his bases loaded double and then the A’s got more insurance runs in the form of a Vogt single and Sogard sac fly. Callaspo was the only Athletic to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with both hits being doubles (one off of Happ and then the game-winner off of Casey Janssen). The home run for Young was his tenth of the year, giving him this sort of odd slash line of .196/.284/.388. The .192 ISO is great, the 10.3% BB% is awesome, but that .229 BABIP seems to be dragging a lot down. Hopefully he can get it clicking a bit more since these numbers are all (with exception of the BB%) off his norms: .236/.316/.433, a .197 ISO, and a .275 BABIP.
Straily had the longest outing of his career, pitching seven and a third innings, also matching his previous career high for total batters faced (29). In his seven and a third he tossed 94 pitches, allowing one earned run on six hits, walking three and striking out five good for an in game 2.91 FIP. Cook came in to hold a 1-0 lead, and instead blew it and vultured the win when the A’s came back in the top of the ninth. The meltdown was his ninth on the season which means he has had more this year than last when he had just eight. Overall he has 23 shutdowns compared to the nine meltdowns for a 2.56 SD/MD ratio compared to the 4.63 mark he achieved in 2013. Doolittle came out to pitch the non-save ninth, allowing a hit and striking out two.
Callaspo for the second straight day wins the honor. He made a mistake that cost the A’s a run, but he rectified it by driving in two with the bases loaded in the next half inning. Baseball can be beautiful that way.