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Striking out on a Friday Night, or the Story of My Life

I guess Pam was right, after all.

Unless you're Steve Tolleson, I suppose.

That thud you hear is the A's once-promising start to the season.  Another day, another humiliating loss, this one a 10-2 thumping in Toronto.  But no new injuries to speak of.


The problem for the Oakland's patchwork offense tonight wasn't putting men on base; it was figuring out how to get them home.  Now where have I heard that before?

The A's stranded five runners in the first three innings to set the tone for another frustrating evening at the ballyard (though they did take an early lead with a run in the first).  Toronto only had three men reach base in the same amount of turns at bat. 

Trouble is all of them scored.

That came in the second inning after starter Trevor Cahill (5IP, 7H, 8R, 1BB, 3K) had set down the Blue Jays in order in his first trip to the mound.  The frame began with a Vernon Wells' single to shallow center, followed by a free pass to Lyle Overbay.  Alex González was kind enough to drive them both home, and he didn't even charge for gas.  Then again, it's not like he had to go out of his way.

Cahill's evening was summed up eloquently by our very own danmerqury:

His control has been off.
He's thrown some really wacky balls.

Meanwhile Toronto's Brandon Morrow toyed with the A's for most of his six innings on the clock, allowing seven hits and walking two.  But he missed the bats when he needed to; his nine strikeouts tied a career high.  In all, eleven times did an A K.

The Blue Jays put up crooked numbers in each of the middle innings to put the game away before some of us had the chance to leave the office.  The big blows came off the bats of Vernon Wells, who hit his 200th big-league homerun, and González, who went deep in the sixth off Chad Gaudin, his second long ball of the night, and Toronto's seventh in this series.

And there are still two more games to play.

The blowout left more than a few AN'ers to go find something better to do on a Friday night:

alright, that's about all I can handle of this game.
But of course I'll still be back tomorrow.... this doesn't seem like a healthy relationship.

Well said, ‘shoes.

And so the A's start all over at 0-0 (well, actually 12-12) as they try to stop the bleeding when they face these same Jays tomorrow morning. First pitch 10:07. I'll bring the bacon.