The Oakland Athletics rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning but came up just short against the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s scored four times in the ninth inning to avoid the shut out as they ended up losing by the score of 6-4. The A’s came up just short of sweeping the league leading Angels in the series as they had won the first two games of the series.

Jack Cust, Aaron Cunningham, Kurt Suzuki, and Carlos Gonzalez all had one rbi each for the A’s at the plate. It’s too bad that it took the A’s until the ninth inning to get the offense kicking and score some runs.

The starting pitcher for the A’s was Josh Outman who took the loss. Outman gave up six hits and three runs in the game in 4 1/3 innings of action. Keith Foulke was terrible as he gave up three solo home runs in a row. Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, and Brandon Wood went back-to-back-to-back off of Foulke in the seventh inning.

The A’s will now have a weekend series against the Seattle Mariners who are really struggling at this point in the season. A’s blog

Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on September 18th, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics dropped the final game of a three game series to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon by the score of 7-4.  They A’s were doing alright until the bottom of the six inning when the Angels scored three runs, and then they tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to expand their lead to three.  The A’s ended up dropping two of three against the Angels in the series.

Starting pitcher Dana Eveland pitched 5 2/3 innings before being pulled.  Eveland gave up four hit and three runs in his five plus innings of action.  Keith Foulke was the losing pitcher in the game as he gave up two run home run to Juan Rivera that proved to be the winning run.  Santiago Casilla also gave up one run in relief.

Mark Ellis went 2-4 with two rbi to lead the A’s at the plate.  The other two runs for the A’s were unearned.  Bobby Crosby and Carlos Gonzalez scored the unearned runs.

Now the Athletics will start a four game series with the Chicago White Sox over the fourth of July weekend.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on July 2nd, 2008
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The Oakland A’s and Arizona Diamondbacks played a very good baseball games on Tuesay but the A’s fell short as they lost 2-1.  The A’s got good starting pitching but the bullpen couldn’t hold the D-backs down late in the game as they scored the winning run on a home run in the eighth inning.  The Diamondbacks took two out of three agains the A’s in the series.

The A’s sent Greg Smith to the mound to start the game and he threw the first five innings of the game giving up three hits and one run.  Smith did walk three batters while striking out five.  I’m not really sure why he was pulled after five innings but the first two guys out of the bullpen did a good job when they came in.

Brad Ziegler and Alan Embree combined to throw the sixth and seventh innings without letting a run score.  But in the eighth inning, Keith Foulke gave up a home run to Justin Upton that proved to be the game winning hit.  Foulke took the loss the Athletics and is now 0-2 on the season.

Jack Cust had the only rbi for the Athletics when he singled in Mark Ellis in the sixth inning.  The A’s only had two other hits in the game as they really couldn’t get anything going at the plate against the Diamondbacks.

Hopefully the A’s will swing a better bat this weekend when they take on the Florida Marlins.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on June 19th, 2008
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Jack Cust hustled to first base with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning and made it safely as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 5-4.  Cust barely made it and probably shouldn’t have if Tigers relief pitcher Feddy Dolsi would have got to the bag like he should.  A win is a win however, the A’s will gladly take it.

Eric Chavez hit his third home run of the season in the fifth inning to lead the A’s with three rbi in the game.  Travis Buck and Cust both had one rbi to help out as well.

On the mound, Chad Gaudin earned the victory after throwing the tenth and eleventh innings of the game.  Gaudin is now 5-3 as he has seen a lot of action out of the A’s bullpen this year.

Starting A’s pitcher Dana Eveland did not have his best stuff as he only lasted 4 1/3 innings.  Eveland didn’t have good control at all as he gave up three hits, three runs, and walked seven batters.  Eveland was very lucky to come away with a no decision in this game.

Alan Embree gave up one run in relief but four other Athletics pitchers threw scoreless innings to pick him up.  Brad Ziegler, Keith Foulke, Huston Street, and Gaudin all did a great job out of the bullpen for the A’s.

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Bobby Crosby came up huge in he ninth inning on Monday night as he delivered the game winning hit and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 3-2.  Crosby singled in Kurt Suzuki for the game winning run.

Mark Ellis and Daric Barton both had one rbi in the game to go along with Crosby’s.  The Athletics had nine hits but only scored three times.  The offense was lucky that the pitching staff held the Tigers to only five hits in the game or this could have turned out to be a different story.

Rich Harden got things going for the A’s on the mound as he tossed 6 2/3 innings while giving up five hits and two runs.  Both runs that Harden gave up were in the sixth inning.  One run was on a solo home run and the other came on a single.  Harden ended up getting the no decision in the contest even though he threw the ball pretty good.

Keith Foulke pitched 1 1/3 inning before turning things over to Huston Street in the ninth inning.  Street walked one batter before picking up his first win of the season.

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Keith Foulke gave up a rbi double to Alex Rios in the ninth inning that scored the game winning run for the Toronto Blue Jays as they beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Wednesday night.  Foulke pitched the full ninth inning while giving up the one run and taking the loss.

Starting pitcher Joe Blanton pitched very well but got a no decision in the game.  Blanton tossed seven innings while only giving up five hits and one run.  It is too bad he wasn’t able to pitch later into the ballgame as the outcome could have been different.

Jack Cust had the only rbi for the A’s.  Cust singled in the third inning and scored Bobby Crosby.  Other then that one rbi, the A’s really didn’t have much happening for them at the plate.

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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

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The Oakland A’s got completely shut out by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night as the Indians beat the A’s 2-0.  C.C. Sabathia was on top of his game as he tossed a complete game shut out against the Athletics.

Joe Blanton didn’t pitch too badly, but did give up two runs in his seven innings of action.  Both runs came on two solo home runs in the first and fourth innings.  Without those two mistakes, this could have been a 0-0 game lol.

Keith Foulke came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

It was just an off night the A’s at the plate.  They matched the five hits the Indians put up but two of the Indans hits were home runs and that is why the won 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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