Snake Ice: A’s swept in Arizona

I often ponder my existence during games, too.

Not much good to report today. 5th starter Travis Blackley performed at replacement level, which is pretty much what a 5th starter does. He threw 4.2 innings of 6-hit ball, throwing only 58% of his pitches for strikes. He was also struck by a line drive in the 2nd inning, but stayed in the game and appeared to be unscathed save for what will surely be a shiner on his left leg.

Rounding out the pitching, however, and on again a much brighter note, Sean Doolittle pitched again today. After allowing a double and a home run in Friday's outing, Doolittle rebounded by striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced, including sluggers Upton and Goldschmidt. Indeed, it was another impressive outing for our 1B-turned-fireballer, who pumped fastball after fastball with movement to clueless (dare I say -- snakebitten?) Arizona hitters.

Offensively, the A's didn't muster much against Joe Saunders, who scattered 7 hits about as effectively as one can. It was the kind of frustrating performance against him that A's fans are used to from his days with the Angels.

The defense was really the key to this game, and it’s really one play. Cliff Pennington committed a costly error on a potential double play turn from Jemile Weeks off the bat of Jason Kubel. It was going to be close, as Weeks ranged to his right and threw off-balance to Pennington, but with Pennington’s arm it was definitely not out of the question to get Kubel. However, Pennington did nothing else but muff it, and the ball bounced away towards 3B. Rather than being out of the inning, Chris Young scored, and then Aaron Hill singled to left plating Goldschmidt and Upton. Boo indeed.

That’ll be all she wrote for the green and gold until Tuesday vs. the Colorado A’s, our sister team in Denver. Join dwishinsky for the game thread at the unusual start time of 5:40.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker