I know it was only a two game series, but it was still a sweep. The A's pounded the Royals for a second straight night behind a strong start by Josh Outman. Outman, who collected his first win of 2009, was brilliant for 6 innings; allowing only three singles and one run, all in the second inning. He set down 4 Royals on strikes while only walking 2.
The A's offense sputtered early with no runs through 5 innings; the game was 1-0 Royals halfway through. But the A's would break through in the bottom of the 6th; they got a long double from Jason Giambi scoring Cabrera, and a sac fly from Jack Cust to give Outman a slim 2-1 lead. In the 7th, the offense would add on with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Suzuki and a Holliday infield single before Jack Cust broke it open with a bases-clearing double. The A's cruised home from there with an inning each from Wuertz, Springer and Bailey to close out a nice win in front of the home crowd. Also of note was Adam Kennedy, who had his first multi-hit game as a member of the Green and Gold.
The A's get their second off day of the week tomorrow and travel to Comerica Park to open a three game set against the Tigers. On Friday, the A's will face Edwin Jackson, who has been exceptional through the first 6 weeks sporting a sparkling 2.60 ERA. The A's starter is TBD. I'll see you there!