I went away on vacation the last week of April and missed several A’s games. I pretty much missed the whole stretch against the AL West teams, and was only able to catch the finale of the Cleveland series this afternoon.
Despite the good feelings that came from taking two out of three from the defending AL champions, the A’s continued to be up to their old tricks in the Cleveland series – score a little, and hope it holds up. Unfortunately there are going to be more aggravating games than good ones.
Brett Anderson appeared to have no-hit stuff today, as he didn’t give up a hit until the 5th inning, and it was even on a ball that, if Daric Barton has played it perfectly, he might have been able to get the out. It would not have mattered though as Anderson allowed two runs in his nine innings of work, and the A’s offense scored two runs in their nine innings of work.
But, as usual, there were opportunities squandered. They stranded runners in scoring position in the 1st, 5th, 6th,8th, 10th, and 12th innings. The popups after popups were maddening, especially in the 8th when there were runners on second and third with one out and Kurt Suzuki and Coco Crisp both popped out to end the threat.
That wasn’t the worst of it, though. The A’s had a chance to win it on a big hit in the 10th, and with Conor Jackson running on the pitch, Ryan Sweeney appeared to get that big hit. Jackson was rounding 3rd as Shin-Soo Choo picked up the ball in right field, but third base coach Mike Gallego held him up. Choo has a GREAT arm and the throw was a rocket, but you never know in a situation like that. There were two outs, and Kurt Suzuki, who was working on an oh-fer, was on deck. Maybe he should have sent him, and hoped for a throw that was a little off line or Lou Marson dropping the throw. Jackson isn’t a small guy either – maybe you take your chances with Jackson vs. Marson.
But what’s done is done, and the A’s lost a winnable game and a winnable series. They’re on to Kansas City now, back at a familiar place in the standings – right at .500.