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So that’s why no one wanted Francisco Cordero this winter

May 9, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

Francisco Cordero AP

Brandon Inge has gone from castoff to hero in record time, as a walkoff grand slam gave him his second straight four-RBI game Tuesday in Oakland’s 7-3 win over Toronto.

The slam came off Francisco Cordero, who quickly blew his third save in a row by giving up a double, a sac bunt and an RBI single in what had been a 3-2 game. After that, a steal and two intentional walks set up Inge’s slam. Cordero, who is filling in for the injured Sergio Santos in Toronto, has allowed runs in four straight appearances, taking blown saves in three of them, and his ERA is up to 9.53.

The Inge homer may well have brought an end to Cordero’s tenure as Toronto’s closer. The 36-year-old, who has 329 career saves under his belt, was signed to set up Santos after Cincinnati declined to bring him back. The Jays could go to a combination or Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver in the ninth for the short term.

As for Inge, well, he’s managed a pretty remarkable total of 11 RBI despite having just seven hits this season. His place in Oakland’s lineup seems assured for the foreseeable future.

  1. hcf95688 - May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Inge made Cordero his senorita.

  2. mungman69 - May 9, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    You get rid of a guy , Inge, and he gets pissed off

    • alexo0 - May 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      I guess Leyland never learned that all he had to do to get Inge to play better was to keep pissing him off. Dammit!

    • genericcommenter - May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      He wasn’t motivated enough by being sent to the minors in recent years or just being a marginal player hanging onto a roster spot for most of the past several seasons? If a guy like that can’t motivate himself, there isn’t much use for him on your team.

  3. alexo0 - May 9, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Inge playing well recently might be the worst possible scenario for Oakland. Now when he returns to his less-than-mediocre play the team will feel obligated to keep playing him, hoping that he “returns to form”, even though we all know that he’ll already be there. Enjoy, A’s fans.

    • hcf95688 - May 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      Even at his worst, Inge is better than anything the A’s had at 3B this year.

    • alexo0 - May 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Fair enough.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Cordero should be placed on waivers.

  5. contraryguy - May 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Jays fans are finding out what Reds fans knew already… if Coco’s warming up, don’t leave the stadium early!

    • missthemexpos - May 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      I take the opposite view…..if Coco’s warming up, get up and leave the stadium immediately so you won’t have to witness another blown save.

  6. mydadyourmom - May 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    This guy has to go immediately. I hate him.

  7. andybugelli - May 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    This guy is painful to watch. Those chubby cheeks and uncertain face don’t help.

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