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Yoenis Cespedes gets no help in Oakland’s Game 1 loss

Oct 5, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

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A triple and a two-run homer from Yoenis Cespedes simply wasn’t enough for the A’s Friday as the Tigers took Game 1 of the ALDS 3-2.

Cespedes was responsible for two-thirds of Oakland’s hits in the game. The other was a little infield single from Brandon Moss in the seventh. Immediately after that was when Cespedes hit his bomb off Max Scherzer. It was the only time Cespedes got to hit with a man on.

Besides Moss and Cespedes, the only Athletic to reach base safely was Coco Crisp. He did so three times via the walk. The A’s struck out 16 times, with Cespedes contributing two of those himself.

The no-name bottom of the order of Stephen Vogt, Daric Barton and Eric Sogard couldn’t get anything going, finishing 0-for-8. Barton, in there partly for his defense, had a misplay that contributed to the three-run first off Bartolo Colon and ended up striking out in all three of his at-bats. He may well take a seat on Saturday, with Moss moving back to first and possibly Seth Smith getting the nod at DH.

Scherzer allowed a total of 16 extra-base hits to right-handed hitters this year, making Cespedes’ showing especially impressive. It was the first time this year that Scherzer had given up a homer and another extra-base hit to a batter in the same game. The only two to have to extra-base hits off him were Nick Swisher (double, triple on May 10) and Asdrubal Cabrera (two doubles on Aug. 8).

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    I consider myself a guy who knows a lot from each team even being a Yankee fan I do love baseball as a whole even more so any game is fun to watch. But for the life of me this As line up is something else. Alot of guys I have never heard of and its odd to know this offense is powerfull as it is. I really do give billy bean credit for putting a team like this together and succeed as it has. hats off.

    • quintjs - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:16 AM

      I think a huge part of it is being prepared to be patient with players and giving them an extended opportunity.

      Not that it has hurt my Red Sox, but Lowrie, Reddick, Moss.. all guys from the Red Sox farm system that were shipped out because they were not seen as part of the long term plan. They were all given the opportunity to play often and put in a position to succeed and look at the results. And of course in the case of Moss and Lowrie they went to other places before Oakland and the same thing occured.

  2. papichulo55 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Enough with these appetizers! Just start the Dodgers-Red Sox series before it starts snowing in Boston.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      You have your own posts to comment on. I’m not going over there and leaving comments about the Tigers. Have some class.

    • brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      It would be funny if the World Series was the Red Sox and Dodgers and the Dodgers win because of Adrian Gonzalez. I can see the turmoil in Red Sox Nation.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Or, be a jackass. Whatever.

  3. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Hanley Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes were a one-man show. In a losing cause for both, though.

  4. brianc6234 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    That loss was karma coming back at Colon for cheating. His horrible first inning cost the A’s a win. Haha. That’s what cheaters get.

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