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Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 124

August 19, 2013

Wrap: Oakland 2, Seattle 1. A’s 71-53 (2nd Place, 1/2 game back)

Walk off winner! Brandon Moss hit a home run over the center field wall off of Carter Capps and the A’s go home victorious. The Mariners have been playing good baseball as of late – well good for the Mariners. This game was noteworthy for being so quick, just two hours and nineteen minutes. I like this sort of game. I get that it makes no sense, I like baseball and therefore more baseball is better right? But I like the short quick games that are tight without lengthy and needless pauses. Good clean fun. Also gotta love baseball. Aaron Harang and a pitchers duel – didn’t think those went together anymore.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Harang: Coco Crisp CF, Jed Lowrie SS, Josh Reddick RF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Moss 1B, Josh Donaldson 3B, Alberto Callaspo DH, Stephen Vogt C, Eric Sogard 2B. 

The A’s bats were still asleep just six hits, 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and five stranded. They struck out six times, drew a walk only once. But baseball is baseball and sometimes the team with fewer hits ends up with more runs. Moss was the offensive star hitting the walk off winner but also being the only Athletic with two hits going 2-for-4. Lowrie managed a double his 33rd for the only other extra base hit of the game. Coco making his return went 0-for-4. Reddick hitting in the three spot, went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. Not sure he should be sitting so high.

The Pitching

Appearances: Jarrod Parker.

Only one guy to talk about here. Complete game the first of Parker’s professional career as he allows just one run on eight hits, walking no one and striking out eight. Doing it all on 100 pitches is pretty impressive. He looked great. The FIP on the game was 1.26 so he was as good as he looked. Mariners aren’t the stoutest of offenses and using wOBA are the American League’s 10th best right after your Oakland Athletics, but nonetheless Parker as I feel intuitively at least did well with runners on. The M’s were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in this game. In his career Parker allows a .210/.294/.311 slash line with runners in scoring position and a strong .223/.289/.329 with men on compared to a .256/.321/.389 with nobody on so maybe my intuition isn’t entirely wrong. Great outing from Parker who has really turned around his season after a rough start. I don’t care that he is unbeaten is so long, but it is a testament to his pitching very well and putting the A’s in a position to win that they’ve taken advantage of.

Hero/Zero

Normally one might assume that this goes to the walk off winner hitter, but really Parker was the reason the A’s won this game. Though it was an earned run there is a chance that Nick Franklin doesn’t come around to score the Mariner’s lone run if Reddick didn’t bobble the ball in right allowing him to second. The next batter (Kyle Seager) grounded out to Moss at first advancing him to third where he’d score on a Kendrys Morales single, but really it could’ve been a double play or at least a play that doesn’t allow anyone to second and the A’s win 1-0 and no walk off is needed. Parker was on. He deserves this honor entirely.

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