Oakland struck early and often (enough) and continued its mastery of the woeful Orioles with a 6-2 victory.
In winning for the eleventh time in a dozen outings against Baltimore dating back to 2008, the A's scored two in the first and one each in the second, fourth, and fifth, before adding another in the eighth. Starter Ben Sheets earned his first victory in Green-and-Gold and his first in any uniform since shutting out the San Diego Padres on September 6, 2008.
It's actually been longer since the A's have tasted defeat against the Orioles on their home turf, but then again there aren't many numbers that favor the Birds these days; Baltimore is now 1-9, its worst start since 1988 (when the O's began 0-21).
But enough about that.
Sheets benefitted from some fine glove-work by Kevin Kouzmanoff who robbed Miguel Tejada of extra bases in the first, thus keeping the Birds off the board after Adam Jones doubled with one out. Two-baggers were only a way of teasing their faithful; in four different innings did an Oriole batter hit a double. In none of them did they score.
The A's made much better use of extra bases. All four of their doublers made it home- Daric Barton, Ryan Sweeney, Eric Chavez, and Adam Rosales. To be fair, Barton didn't score after hitting his second two-base hit in the seventh.
Things have gotten so bad for Baltimore its manager can't even get kicked out of a game. After Rajai Davis singled to start the A's half of the first, he was ruled safe on a pick-off attempt by David Hernandez, which brought Trembley from the dugout to vehemently argue his point. Surely it didn't help that Barton produced the first of two doubles which got Davis to third, from where he scored on a Sweeney groundout. Kouzmanoff's sac fly drove home Barton to make it, 2-0.
Oakland would need no more but added four to their score against poor Baltimore.
Sheets worked his way in and out of peril for most of the night, only retiring the O's in order in the third before giving way to Tyson Ross. The young reliever allowed Baltimore's first run in the seventh, but struck out the side in the eighth, impressing even those who were not rooting for Oakland this evening:
Where did they get that guy? Dude is nasty
by MagicMike23 on Apr 15, 2010 9:31 PM PDT reply actions 0 recs
The first-place A's take on these same Orioles tomorrow night at 7:05PM.