ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 14: Tyson Ross #66 of the Oakland Athletics talks on the mound with pitching coach Curt Young #41 and Kurt Suzuki #8 during the sixth inning against the Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 14, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
While the A's lead the majors in pitching shutouts (5), the Angels now lead the majors in offensive shutouts (8). Ouch.
Tyson Ross started the game off throwing 30 pitches in the first inning, but came out of the inning with no damage. He then gave up a lead off single to Mark Trumbo before proceeding to retire the next 9 batters, which took him into the 5th inning. The only jam Ross got into was in the 5th inning where he gave up back to back singles to ALberto Callaspo and Vernon Wells, but he was able to retire Bobby Wilson without any damage. Tyson Ross's final outing came out to 5 hits 1 walk and 2 strikeouts over 6 shutout innings.
Dan Haren on the other hand was not his best in his start tonight as he gave up a solo home run to Josh Reddick in the 1st inning. Haren was able to cruise through to the third inning, but after a double from Seth Smith followed by a wild pitch, Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly to double the A's lead to 2 - 0. Haren struggled again by leading off the 5th inning and hitting Jemile Weeks. Cliff Pennington then hit a single to right field, advancing Weeks to third base and Pennington to second on the throw by Mark Trumbo. After loading the bases with an intentional walk to Josh Reddick, Haren induced a ground out from Jonny Gomes, but Seth Smith followed with a 2 run double to increase the A's lead to 4 - 0. Haren would finish up the inning and then get a 1-2-3 inning to finish his outing at 6 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings.
The A's ended up scoring another run in the 8th inning off of Jason Isringhausen on an RBI single from Kurt Suzuki brought home Josh Donaldson. The A's bullpen was able to finish off he Angels with 3 shutout innings from Grant Balfour, Jordan Norberto, and Ryan Cook. The A's ( 19W - 17L) are now 4 games behind the Rangers after todays win.