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Punchless A’s get shutout for 11th time in 53 games

Jun 3, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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It was Francisco Liriano on Thursday. Felipe Paulino did it Friday. And now Kansas City’s Vin Mazzaro is the latest pitcher to shut down the A’s, throwing six scoreless innings Sunday as the A’s were shut out for the 11th time this season.

No team since 1918 had ever been shut out 11 times in its first 53 games, as the A’s have. The 2005 Astros were the last of the 12 teams since 1918 to have gotten shut out 10 times through 53 games.

Mazzaro, a former A’s pitcher who was traded to the Royals for David DeJesus prior to the 2011 season, entered the day with a 5.12 ERA in 40 starts and 10 relief appearances as a major leaguer.

14 Athletics players have amassed at least 60 at-bats this season. Six of those 14 guys are hitting under .200. Josh Reddick and Collin Cowgill are the only ones hitting even .250, and Cowgill, with one extra-base base hit in 61 at-bats, has a .279 slugging percentage to go along with his .262 average. Seven of the 14 players are slugging less than .300.

Shortstop Cliff Pennington went 0-for-3 today, extending his hitless skid to 29 at-bats.

Today’s result must have made Luke Hochevar feel all the worse. The former No. 1 overall pick gave up six runs to the A’s on Saturday in what turned out to be a 9-3 loss for the Royals. Excluding that one, the A’s have scored a total of eight runs in their last seven games.

  1. gostros19 - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Shows how far good pitching will take you. 05 Astros with Clemens oswalt and Pettitte.

  2. mgflolox - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    _akland A’s – there’s no “O” there.

  3. jlovenotjlo - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Maybe they’ll make a movie about this team, too.

  4. natstowngreg - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    You would flip your bat if you couldn’t hit Vin Mazzaro.

  5. mybrunoblog - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    How’s that Moneyball working out in 2012 Mr. Beane?

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    The comments section wasn’t working this morning when I commented that Hochevar didn’t get the memo about not throwing it right down the middle. But lots of teams understand that to beat the A’s, you don’t have to be Sandy Koufax or Greg Maddux. You just don’t make mistakes down the middle, you don’t throw curve balls to Reddick, you never throw Cespedes a fastball and you have a chance at a shutout every game.

    The A’s were “scrappy” and “fun” when the league hadn’t figured them out. And they’ll have some good games before the season is over. But this year, like so many since Wolff/Fisher have taken over, is basically lost, over already. The only question is does Seattle have enough to finish 3rd, ahead of the A’s.

  7. dan1111 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Only 13 teams were shut out more than 11 times for the entire 2011 season.

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