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Listless A's Lose Pitchers "Duel" (0-3)

While his final line doesn't really show it, Anderson didn't have his best stuff on display tonight. He left several breaking balls up high, and his location and control were off all night. Fister was only marginally better, hanging several curveballs that wouldn't have fooled many hitters.

But alas, this was a game that featured two of the worst offenses in the American League. Anderson ended up turning in a stellar-looking 6 IP 0 ER 6K line, while Fister shined even greater, allowing 3 hits in 8 innings of work, walking none, and striking out 4. Obviously, the magic pixie voodoo dust sprinkled on the basepaths by the dancing Seattle groundscrew worked wonders.

Perhaps this game was more a story of two offenses shooting themselves in the foot over and over again. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Milton Bradley doubled with one out, putting a man on second and third for the next batter, Casey Kotchman. Brett Anderson responded by striking out the next two batters to end the inning. The Mariners again killed another rally in the bottom of the 7th after Chone Figgins doubled. In one of the wackiest plays I've seen in years, Brad Ziegler uncorked a wild pitch. Kurt Suzuki flipped over backwards to his right to snag the pitch, followed by an immediate throw to third base. Figgins was beaten to third by the ball, fairly easily. One has to wonder how a speedy guy like Figgins could possibly be thrown out by a catcher who had to spin a full clumsy circle before throwing.

Of course, pitchers duels have to come to an end sometime, and this one was blown open in the bottom of the 8th. Brad Ziegler clearly didn't have any control or pitch movement tonight, and it showed. After opening up the inning with a single and a walk, he grooved a low fastball to Milton Bradley, who parked it in the right field seats for a three-run homer. That was all the offense Seattle needed tonight, as that home run plated the only runs of the game.

We're gonna have a fifth starter battle tomorrow night, as we wrap up this series with a rubber game, starting at 7:10 PM.

Current Series

3 game series vs Mariners @ SAFECO Field

Mon 04/12 WP: Justin Duchscherer (1 - 0)
LP: Ryan Rowland-Smith (0 - 1)
4 - 0 win
Tue 04/13 WP: Doug Fister (1 - 1)
SV: David Aardsma
LP: Brad Ziegler (0 - 2)
0 - 3 loss

Oakland Athletics
@ Seattle Mariners

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010, 7:10 PM PDT

Gio Gonzalez vs Jason Vargas

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

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