"If I only allow one run, I can win this thing..."
One pitch a 3-2, the 10th of the at bat, a hanging slider to Jose Bautista was the difference in this game. That's it. I could end this summary right there because I have just given away all the scoring. That's all the difference in this game that the A's lost 1-0 to the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Guillermo Moscoso on the hill for Oakland deserved the win. He pitched brilliantly, not something I say often about Moscoso who I've always felt relies more on crazy luck than on being an amazing pitcher. In eight innings he struck out seven, walked one, allowed only three hits except that one of them was that aforementioned home run to Bautista.
On the Jays side of the ledger their pitching too was impressive and ultimately more so than the A's as Luis Perez, perfect through five innings and Casey Janssen combined to hold the A's to one hit - a single to Jemile Weeks - and three walks while striking out nine. Janssen got a three-inning save, pitching three hitless innings, and accounting for five of those K's.
Defensively for the A's the sunlight caused misses by Brandon Allen and Scott Sizemore in foul ground and turned a routine out into a triple against Coco Crisp. Fortunately at a little over two and a half innings, this forgettable game for A's fans, didn't waste too much of our afternoon.
The A's head to New York to face the Evil Empire Tuesday...