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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 31, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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This weekend has been a nightmare for the A’s.

They headed into Anaheim on Thursday for the start of a four-game series with the goal of recapturing the lead in the American League West standings, but runs have been difficult to come by and now the Angels enter play Sunday looking for the sweep.

Saturday’s game was especially frustrating for Oakland. Halos reliever Cory Rasmus made a spot start and seven different pitchers followed, but the A’s managed only three total hits in a 2-0 defeat. That putrid offensive performance spoiled a strong outing from Jeff Samardzija, who allowed just four hits and one earned run over eight innings.

The Angels — despite a relatively quiet trade deadline and the loss of stud starter Garrett Richards — are suddenly four games up on the A’s in the American League West with a month to go.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Yankees 0, Blue Jays 2

Tigers 3, White Sox 6 (Game 1)

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 (Game 1)

Reds 2, Pirates 3

Twins 2, Orioles 3

Indians 3, Royals 2 (11 innings)

Marlins 4, Braves 0

Rangers 0, Astros 2

Phillies 7, Mets 2

Red Sox 0, Rays 7

Tigers 8, White Sox 4 (Game 2)

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 0

Cubs 2, Cardinals 13 (Game 2)

Dodgers 1, Padres 2 (10 innings)

Athletics 0, Angels 2

Brewers 1, Giants 3

Nationals 3, Mariners 1

  1. baberuthslegs - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Drew, you have some typos up there.
    Tigers – Indians games should say Tigers – White Sox

    • Drew Silva - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Gah, thank you.

  2. tribefever - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    The Indians played three games yesterday? Impressive.

  3. clydeserra - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Not a good weekend for the A’s. Just terrible.

    Funny thing happened in the 9th, and I think it bears pointing out. The umpiring in the series has been terrible. Last nights HP ump was all over the place. I think it even gave the A’s a bit of an advantage.

    In the 9th, Sam Fuld was at second. a lefty was up. Scioscia stepped out of the dugout and pointed at his defense positioning his players. He stepped back in, Huston Street stood on top of the mound looking into the catcher. The batter was in the box in his stance. The umpire was in his ready stance looking at the pitcher. Sam Fuld took off to third making it easily.

    Sciosia comes back out I suppose claiming it was time out and the runner should move back to third. Eventually the umpires agreed. But as Bob Melvin pointed out, all the players were in position and the pitcher was on the mound. Even so, no umpire could say who called time out (no one did).

    It had no effect on the game as Fuld took third uncontested on the next pitch, but this crew needs a refresher on this thing we call Base ball

    • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      I don’t know from the As or, for that matter, any designatedhitterball team except maybe the Jays, but I do know that my friend APBA Guy is suffering. And I want him to know that, as Ash the decapitated android told the remaining crew of the Nostromo in Alien, that he has my sympathy.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Having Ash’s sympathy did the Nostromo crew no good, as, except for Ripley, they were all dead at that point. Hopefully you weren’t implying that the A’s, after-count them-22 straight scoreless innings-are equally dead. Although I like the Angels as the marauding Alien creature.

        But seriously folks. There has been a lot of talk to the effect that the A’s offense fell apart when they traded Cespedes. You even get that from national sportswriters, who, prior to this year, couldn’t spell A’s.

        Here’s why the A’s offense is sputtering, in order of importance:

        1) CoCo Crisp is injured: Last year .779 OPS with 21 SB at an 81% rate. This year: .743 OPS with 16 SB’s at an 80% rate. He’s the engine that drives the offense, but he’s been out or ineffective over this recent stretch of fultility.

        2) Jed Lowrie is injured: .790 OPS in 2013, an injury depleted .670 this year. But that .670 is still 100-150 points better than his replacements at short. Worse, when Sogard is at short, he goes from a plus defender to a minus defender, as last night’s error illustrated.

        3) Brandon Moss has turned into a pumpkin: .853 last year, and a .798 this year that’s in free fall. His at bat last night in the 4th against Mike Roth was a schizo horror show, right out of Clockwork Orange. A’s on 2nd and 3rd, one out, all he has to do is make contact. “Sorry, boys, I’m swinging at everything.” Nice work. A’s do not score.

        Only after all this do you get into the loss of Cespedes as a contributing factor.

        The A’s pitching has been good enough to win. The Angels’ have been better, aided by the A’s offense, or lack thereof, and the A’s infield defense, or lack thereof. If the A’s aren’t careful, the wildcard may be out of reach by mid-September, despite the favorable schedule for the end of the year. They are way too tight at the plate, and need to refocus on professional at-bats. Easy for me to say, to be sure, but that’s how I see it.

  4. historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Game 1, Tigers-ChiSox was a good pitching matchup. Max struck out 11 and walked none; Sale struck out 13 and walked 2. The difference was His Heterochromianess gave up 9 hits and 6 runs (mostly in a rocky 3rd), while Sale only gave up 6 hits and 3 runs. More notably, this game saw the return of Evan Reed. I expect all those folks who claimed that cutting him was purely a baseball decision because of his poor performance will now explain how it was totally a baseball decision to bring him back…now that the charges against him have been dismissed.

    Game 2 started out much sweatier for Tigers fans in a debut times 2 (both pitchers making their first start in the bigs). Ryan seemed like he was struggling from the beginning. He settled down into it though, and then the offense broke it open against the Sox’s debut. Things went well for us until…Jim Johnson. I was thinking a one-run lead wouldn’t be Nathan-proof, and thankfully, the offense added a few more for insurance. We got the win, the Royals lost in extra innings, and we are tied for the lead in the Central. Eat ‘em up, Tigers!

  5. Old Gator - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Late morning, minimal participation, but I would like to note that Jared Cosart, the Feesh’s resident homophobe, has been, with the exception of his rocky debut, peetching pretty well since the Rainbow Warriors acquired him from the Astros in return for fizzling top prospect Jake Marisnick. He held the Barves down well enough last night that it almost made up for the homeboys’ flatulent non-performance the night before. The big story was Donovan Solano’s one good night of the season, with a homer and some RBIs as he continues running in place at second base while the Feesh try to figure out what they’re gonna do about that position during the orfseason. That infield is like a leaky boat, what with finally having found themselves an adequate third baseman for the first time since they traded Mike Lowell and now the boxscore is seeping up the middle.

    In other news, the Iron Giant got off his Anaheim min-schneid and pushed across his 98th ribby of the season. Scrooge McLoria just upped his dose of Lunesta to ward off the horrors of contemplating the Giant’s impending arbitration award. Pretty soon, he’ll be eating the eyes out of chocolate bunnies and screaming “Don’t stare at me like that!” Also, Cosart’s win has made it possible for the local baseball scribes, shoved into near-obscurity by football exhibition season and doddering on the cusp of complete irrelevance as the real thing gears up at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium to the north, to keep on with their nonsensical babble about how the Feesh are “still in the hunt.” I don’t know what they’re talking about. Alligator season has two months left, sure, but I don’t see this team qualifying for a permit. Python season isn’t until January, well after the winter meetings.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      “Pretty soon, he’ll be eating the eyes out of chocolate bunnies and screaming ‘Don’t stare at me like that’!”

      When I visualize that I can’t help picturing persona non grata Dirty Harry .

    • moogro - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      or Emo Phillips

      • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Except that Scrooge wouldn’t bother asking anyone in the front orifice what he meant by it.

  6. SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    After yesterday, I don’t even want Masterson pitching relief. Send him to Memphis.

  7. gloccamorra - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    No video of J.P. Howell’s amazing (lucky) grab and double play to save the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth? As with the amazing defensive shift the night before, the Dodgers won the battle, but lost the game in extras. Somehow, I suspect the Dodgers’ bullpen is going to kill them in the playoffs.

  8. goawaydog - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    No johnnysoda recap is like a house with no bloodymary mix on a Sunday morning.

    • Ren - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      “bloodymary”

      http://www.vpfunworld.com/bloody-mary-drink-pictures/

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Where is he? Off having a Labor Day weekend or something? C’mon, tell the story of my Nats and King Felix on Friday. Tell the story of Stephen Strasburg striking out Robinson Cano on Saturday (runners on 1st and 3rd). That was amazing.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        You could write something yourself, you know.

  9. bigmeechy74 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    The good news for the A’s is that “pitching and defense wins championships” so they shouldn’t worry about having a pathetic offense

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