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A's Offense Sputters Again in Series Loss

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This was not a game to replay or remember, so if you missed it live, you got lucky.

Here were the hits for the A's tonight:

Daric Barton single
Kouzmanoff single, followed by a Jake Fox homerun (and to his credit, it was a bomb)
Suzuki single
Rosales single

In what is VERY unusual for the A's of this era, they drew only one late walk. That was the extent of the offense, and I'd say the A's were lucky to score the two they did. They needed a stellar pitching performance to compete in this game.

They didn't get it.

Gio Gonzalez was wild tonight, allowing four walks in his 4.2 innings (he did strike out five, which minimized the damage). He also allowed six hits and two runs.

Update: Gio is also dealing with the loss of a close friend, and an accident that has hurt his girlfriend. From Susan Slusser:

Many people asked what the initials "VM" were on Gio Gonzalez's hat tonight, and he told us after the game that his girlfriend, Valerie Mathias, was in a car accident with her family on Saturday night and she remains in a San Diego hospital with a serious head injury.

Gonzalez said he lost a close friend, Raul Rodriguez, 23, in a car accident in South Florida two weeks ago, so this has been an enormously difficult time for him. He said he is praying for Mathias and he hopes he can visit her on Monday, the team's offday.

 

Chad Gaudin took the loss, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in only 1.1 innings of work. Edwar Ramirez finished the game nicely by throwing two scoreless innings, but the damage had already been done. Four runs would prove to be insurmountable for the A's "Z" lineup, and the Mariners left twelve men on base; they should have scored more. An early baserunning error by Milton Bradley got Gio out of a jam, but Bradley unloaded a single on Gaudin to win the game for the second straight night.

Patterson continued to prove that he should be swapped for someone in AAA, and fast. In addition to pulling the hat trick and striking out in all three at-bats, he bobbled a run-scoring play in the outfield. Note to self: If you have a below-average arm, you should probably, I don't know, pick up the ball on the first try, don't you think? In the eighth inning, just to add insult to injury, Ichiro went from first to third on a single to left on Patterson's weak arm (granted, he was running on the play, but after Patterson's performance today, I'm in no mood to be charitable.)

So the A's lose their first series of the year and head back home to play the RED HOT Orioles (yes, I'm kidding, but if you saw the game tonight, you'd worry about them even playing teams of the caliber of the M's and the O's) Our pitching may be great most nights, but wow. Some offensive help is needed!


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