The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels played a very close ballgame on Monday night and it was the A’s coming out on top with a 2-1 victory. Dallas Braden and Jered Weaver both tossed seven innings but it was Braden who only allowed one run and received the win while Weaver and the Angels took the loss.

Braden was awesome in his seven innings of action. He allowed seven hits but only one run and improved his record to 4-3. The one run that scored was on a solo home run by Mike Napoli in the sixth inning. Joey Devine tossed a scoreless eighth inning before turning things over to Brad Ziegler who recorded his fifth save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Awesome job by Braden and the A’s bullpen!

At the plate, Daric Barton got the A’s on the scoreboard with a solo home run off of Weaver in the third inning. In the fourth inning, the A’s would score their second run on a wild pitch by Weaver. Frank Thomas would be the base runner to score on the wild pitch.

There wasn’t much offense for either team as the pitchers really took over the game. It was a great win for the A’s and it shows they can play with any team in the league if they cut down on all the mental errors and just get out there and play baseball.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 26th, 2008
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Emil Brown attempted to make a sliding catch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning but he came up short and the ball got behind him in the outfield and the Tampa Bay Rays scored three runs as they went onto beat the Athletics 3-2.

Definaly not the way you want to lose a game.  Hopefully Brown will bounce back and have a good couple of games here soon.  All he can do is forget about it and go out there and play baseball.

Frank Thomas tried to rally the A’s back with a solo home run in the ninth inning but the A’s couldn’t push across another run to atleast tie the game.  Rajai Davis had the others A’s rbi as he had a rbi single in the fifth inning.

Greg Smith tossed seven innings while giving up five hits and two runs to take the loss.  Smith is now 2-4 even though he pitched well enough to ge a win on Tuesday night.  Tough break for Smith.

One run was charged to Joey Devine in the eighth inning as he pitched in relief of Smith.  Dallas Braden tossed a scoreless ninth inning after Devine exited the game.

A’s RHP reliever Andrew Brown underwent an appendectomy and was placed on the 15-day disabled list to recover from the surgery. The move was retroactive to May 14, one day after Brown last pitched. Oakland recalled LHP Lenny DiNardo from Triple-A Sacramento to fill Brown’s spot.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on May 21st, 2008
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Chad Gaudin allowed a two run home run to Evan Longoria in the top of the 13th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Monday night.  The A’s tried to come back as they scored one run in the bottom of the inning, but Daric Barton was stranded at third base to end the game.

Gaudin took the disappointing lose for the A’s as he pitched two innings and gave up three hits and the two runs.  Gaudin is now 3-3 on the season.

Joe Blanton tosssed six innings of six hit and four run ball to start the game for the A’s.  He gave up one home run and struck out five batters as he got the no decision in the game.  Joey Devine relieved Blanton and pitched 2/3 of an inning while giving up one run.  Keith Foulke, Huston Steet, and Alan Embree all pitched until Gaudin came in to lose the game.

Frank Thomas led the A’s at the plate as he hit two home runs and finished the game with three rbi.  Emil Brown also added a solo home run for the Atletics.  Besides Brown, Ryan Sweeney and Barton both finished the game with one rbi.

Let’s see how the Athletics bounce back on Tuesday after playing 13 innings and losing the way they did to the Rays.  Athletics Blog

Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on May 20th, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics lost another game to the Cleveland Indians as they lost 4-2 on Thursday.  With the loss, the A’s were swept in the three game series and their record dropped to 23-19 on the season.

Greg Smith lasted only 4 2/3 innings as he gave up seven hits and three runs to take the loss.  Smith had seven strikeouts in the game, but still got hit hard when he did get hit.  Smith is now Santiago Casilla also gave up one run out of the bullpen.

Joey Devine, Chad Gaudin, and Huston Street combined to pitched 3 1/3 innings without allowing a run so atleast they did a good job out of the bullpen.

The A’s only had one run until the ninth inning when they were able to make a little rally get started, but the last two runners were left on base after only one run was scored.  Both runs the A’s got in the game was unearned so no one recorded an rbi.  A wild pitch in the ninth inning and then a run came in the second inning when Bobby Crosby scored on an error when Rob Bowen hit a ball back to the Indinas pitcher and he didn’t make a good throw to first place.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on May 15th, 2008
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Emil Brown singled in Daric Barton from second base in the tenth inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Monday night.  There wasn’t much offense in the game as both teams pitching staffs were throwing pretty good all night long.

Starting pitcher Dana Eveland lasted seven innings as he gave up three hits and no runs.  Great outing by Eveland, it is too bad he didn’t earn the win in the game because he pitched well enough to pick up a victory.

Huston Street blew the save in the ninth inning when he allowed a run on a groundout.  Luckily for Street his teammates picked him up.  Joey Devine pitched the 10th inning to record the win.  Devine is now 3-0 on the season.

Besides Brown’s RBI in the tenth inning, Rajai Davis had the other RBI for the A’s.  Davis had a RBI infield single in the seventh inning to get the A’s on the board.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on May 6th, 2008
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Frank Thomas was back with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday as they pounded the Minnesota Twins 11-2.  As the A’s put up 11 runs and 15 hits, Thomas went 0-3 with two walks.  The A’s chased Twins starter Francisco Liriano out of the game before the end of the first inning as they put up six quick runs on the Twins starter.

Donnie Murphy led the A’s by going 3-5 and picking up four RBI.  Murphy had solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Kurt Suzuki, Emil Brown, and Mike Sweeney all had two RBI each in the game.  Chris Denorfia chipped in with one RBI.

Greg Smith picked up his second in of the season as he tossed seven innings for the A’s.  Smith gave up seven hits but only two runs in the game.  A very good quality start for Smith as he pitched great.  Andrew Brown and Joey Devine pitched the last two innings and gave up one hit each.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on April 24th, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics struggled at the plate today against the Chicago White Sox as they lost 4-1.  The White Sox held the Athletics to only six singles in the game, and the only run the Athletics scored was in the 9th inning.

Dana Eveland took the lose and his record now stands at 1-1 on the season.  Eveland gave up four runs (three of them earned) in only 4.2 innings of play.  Joey Devine and Kirk Sarloos did pitch the final 3.1 innings without giving up a hit.

Emil Brown was the only Athletics hitter to record an RBI in the game.

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The Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays played 12 innings on Thursday night and the Athletics came out on top by the score of 3-2.  There was a scare in the bottom of the inning as the Blue Jays scored one, but the Athletics were able to hold on for the one run win.

Travis Buck had the big hit in the 12th inning as he double and scored two runs.  Without that hit I don’t know if the Athletics would have had enough to win the game in later innings.  Buckhad all three RBI’s for the Athletics.

Dana Eveland got the start for the A’s and did not allow a run in 6.1 innings of play.  Joey Devine picked up the win and Keith Foulke picked up the save.  The A’s bullpen did a pretty good job, atleats a good enough one to get the win.

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The Oakland Athletics have traded centerfielder Mark Kotsay to the Atlanta Braves for Joey Devine and minor league pitcher Jamie Richmond.  I like the fact that the A’s are getting Devine who could become a stud setup man for Huston Street, but I don’t like the fact they are paying a lot of Kotsay’s contract for 2008.

I would have really liked this deal if the A’s weren’t paying so much of Kotsay’s contract for next year.  But I figure they made the trade to get something out of Kotsay before he left after next year via free agency.   So you give up something now, and get something now rather then nothing after next year.

What do the other A’s fans think out there?  Good trade or bad trade?

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