Despite how poorly the offense has been playing this season, something about Zito starts brings out the best in the A's. Led by Rajai Davis and Coco Crisp (making his A's debut),who racked up 5 of the 6 RBI's between them, the A's took the opening game without breaking a sweat.
Trevor Cahill ended his night after 6 2/3 IP, allowing six hits, and only one run. He was fantastic. Brad Ziegler relieved Cahill in his 1.1 scoreless innings, and Breslow finished the game with a perfect ninth.
All in all, just what we like to see when facing the team across the bay.
The A's got on the board in the third inning, as Rosales singled, Pennington doubled, and Rajai Davis drove them both in with a double of his own. Rajai stole third and Crisp drove him in with a sac fly. It's nice to see someone who can do that.
The A's would score one more in the sixth on a double by Barton and a single by Sweeney, and would add another two in the seventh on a sac fly by Rajai and a double by Crisp (that almost went out).
Meanwhile, Trevor Cahill was dealing to the Giants; he didn't allow a run until the seventh inning, putting together back-to-back solid starts, a good sign for any A's fan.
The A's, sadly, don't face ZIto again tomorrow; instead they must deal with Matt Cain. Gio Gonzalez will try to win the series for the A's in the 1pm start. Enjoy your night!
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
Athletics lead the series 1-0
WP: Trevor Cahill (2 - 2)
LP: Barry Zito (6 - 2)
|6 - 1 win|
Saturday, May 22, 2010, 1:00 PM PDT
Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.
|Sun 05/23||1:05 PM PDT|