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Recap: A’s @ Tigers Game 132

August 28, 2013

Wrap: Oakland 14, Detroit 4. A’s 75-57 (2nd Place, 2 1/2 games back)

A’s have put together a nice little win streak here, winning a four game series in Detroit which is not an easy feat. The bats were alive in this game as they managed a total of 21 hits. They had not hit 21 in a ballgame since July 28th, 2009 when Oakland put together a 9-8 win at Fenway Park over the Red Sox albeit in 11 innings. Nice to do this one in regulation, nice to not leave 13 stranded as they did in that one also. Good win over a tough club and a normally very solid starter in Doug Fister who was responsible for 13 of the A’s hits in just five innings of work. Amazingly, the A’s got 21 hits but failed to draw a single walk in the ballgame. Weird how that sort of thing can work out.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Fister: Coco Crisp CF, Josh Donaldson 3B,  Jed Lowrie SS, Brandon Moss RF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Daric Barton 1B, Alberto Callaspo DH, Eric Sogard 2B, Kurt Suzuki C. 

A lot went on on the basepaths as the A’s went 21-for-45 for a .467/.457/.711 slash line with five doubles and two home runs. The team raised their team batting average two points, on base percentage one point and slugging percentage three points in the game, which seems to me a fairly significant feat this late in August. Just a monster offensive game. Moss led the way with a 4-for-5 day with six runs batted in care of his double and two home runs, the first of which came off of Jose Alvarez in the 6th inning with a runner on and the second of which came off of Drew Smyly with two on in the eighth. Along with Moss’ three hit day, four A’s had a three hit day with Donaldson going 3-for-4 with two driven in and a double; Lowrie going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI; Callaspo going 3-for-5 with a run driven in; and Suzuki (who also played in that 2009 21 hit game) going 3-for-5 with a double and RBI. Every A’s starter except Coco (0-for-4) had a hit. The team stranded just five baserunners powered by a very formidable 11-for-21 attack with runners in scoring position.

The Pitching

Appearances: Dan Straily, Brett Anderson.

Not much Straily could have done wrong to blow this with the offensive support he received exiting this game with a 10-1 Oakland lead. In his six innings on the hill he was decent allowing one earned run on a solo home run by Torii Hunter, and otherwise doing the opposite of the Detroit pitchers in keeping runners stranded as he stranded every runner allowed on his seven other hits (Hunter’s home run of course clearing the bases for himself). Along with that he notched four strikeouts while walking two for a sloppy FIP of 4.87 that better tells the tale of an underwhelming outing that could’ve been far worse than it was. Anderson, fresh off the DL, made his second career relief appearance – his last coming in April in his last outing against the Angels, recording his first save. That is how stupid the save is, come in with a 10-1 lead and don’t give it up? You’ve earned a save. In his three innings, he was a bit shaky surrendering three earned runs on five hits, with no walks and a strikeout to preserve a 14-4 win.

Hero/Zero

RBI do not matter. They are reflective of a player’s circumstances as opposed to their skill. However, within the game context, they are important, they got the job done, they turned a loss into a victory or in the case of this game piled on and made the game a laugher. The RBI is a storytelling statistic and in this game the story was that the A’s dominated and Moss and his double, two home runs and six RBI dominated the Tigers.

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