EDIT: Take Hanley Ramirez off your wish list, the Dodgers have acquired Ramirez and Randy Chaote fromt he Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and a minor leaguer, rumored to be Scott McGough. - Zonis (Source)
After a Happy Flight from Oakland to Toronto, the question on everyone's minds during the 48 hours between games was "What happens when the A's can't walk it off?" Well, today, Travis Blackley and the A's proved the skeptics wrong for another day. A career high 8 K's over 7 IP propelled Blackley, as he had the curveball working tonight, with his only blemish being the leadoff HR by Travis Snider in the top of the 3rd.
Blackley started out a little wobbly today, allowing a single to Brett Lawrie and subsequently wild pitching him to 2nd. A seemingly routine flyball to RF by Colby Ramus, though, proved exciting. Josh Reddick camped under and unleashed an absolute rifle shot to Brandon Inge to nail Lawrie trying to advance to 3rd. After watching the highlight, I think this is honestly his best throw of the year. Ichiro-esque, you might say, as Inge did not have to move to tag Lawrie, who looked as surprised as everyone else in the Rogers Centre that he was gunned down.
The A's opened the scoring on America's Hats in the 2nd with two outs. Inge singled to RF, and Norris didn't waste any time pouncing on a high first pitch from Brett Cecil and depositing it into the 2nd deck seats in dead LF. It's a good sign for Norris, as he has been slumping badly. Hopefully Kurt Suzuki's bat isn't rubbing off on him. The Jays would cut the lead in half in the 3rd, with the aforementioned Snider HR. The teams would remain scoreless until the 7th, when again with two outs, the A's would start cooking. A Brandon Hicks double and Jemile Weeks triple would plate one, making it 3-1. The triple by Weeks was especially impressive, as he drove the ball to CF with the slashing, level swing he displayed last year. If he continues to do that, he could maybe salvage the rest of his season and still end up near a league-average 2B. After a pitching change to bring in J.A. Happ to turn Coco Crisp around, Coco promptly drove Weeks in with double down the LF line, making it 4-1. Happ would prove to be pretty awful in the 7th, seemingly allergic to the strikezone. He would walk Jonny Gomes and Josh Reddick, setting up the big blow of the game by Yoenis Cespedes. After working the count to 3-2 (and taking a mighty hack on the 3-1 pitch), Cespedes destroyed a high fastball to left-center, plating 3 runs for the A's and making it 7-1. Indeed, he hit it so hard it was a rare 3-run single.
The relief duo of Evan Scribner and Jim "garbage time" Miller completed the 8th and 9th innings respectively, saving the top arms for tomorrow. J.P. Arencibia added a meaningless HR in the 9th with one out, but that would prove to be it for the Jays.
So, the A's winning streak extends to 6 games overall and brings them to 8 games over .500. Combine that with the swirling rumors that the A's might make a big splash with Hanley Ramirez or another potentially available left-side infielder, and it's going to be an exciting week or so until the (non-waiver) trade deadline.
Baseballgirl will bring you the rematch of these two clubs tomorrow -- same pie time, same pie channel. Tune in then!