What a wild day it was for the Oakland Athletics as they traded Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs and then went out and shut out the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 victory. First I will blog about the game where Justin Duchscherer threw a complete game two hitter and the A’s beat the Mariners 2-0. Duchscherer was amazing all game long and improved to 10-5 on the season.
The A’s jumped on the scoreboard with single runs in the first and second innings and that was all the runs that they ended up needing. Emil Brown had a rbi single in the first that scored Ryan Sweeney and then Donnie Murphy had a rbi sac fly that scored Kurt Suzuki in the second inning. That was all the scoring the A’s could come up with but it was enough the way Duchscherer threw the ball.
Now onto the trade that happened. Billy Beane sent Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs for Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, Sean Gallagher, and Josh Donaldson. Gallagher is the prize of this trade in my opinion as he can be thrown right into the rotation and start pitching. Murton is a decent corner outfield that just didn’t have a spot on the Cubs roster to get full playing time. Patterson is an iffy player while Donaldson was the Cubs second round pick last year and plays at the catching position.
We will see how the A’s do without Harden, but so far so good. Athletics Blog