Coming into this series, Jack Cust had not homered since June 8th against...the Angels. His second HR in as many games was a two-run bomb off Jered Weaver that gave Trevor Cahill and the A's a 3-0 lead. Cust also stole a base and had a hit-and-run single because the universe is backwards.
Cahill was superb in his 7 IP, allowing just an unearned run. The crossroads moment in the game came with the A's leading 3-1 in the 6th, when the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out and Cahill calmly got a 5-2-3 DP from Mike Napoli, then stranded the tying runs in scoring position with a backdoor curve that froze Cory Aldridge. The A's All-Star rep is now 9-3 with a 2.94 ERA.
Oh, the other A's All-Star rep got the save -- Andrew Bailey was named to replace Jered Weaver who was named to replace Cahill.
And while his named failed to start with the letter "C" I'll still mention Kurt Suzuki, who broke out of a -1 for 712 slump today by going 3 for 3 with an RBI double, two sizzling singles, and a walk.
Enjoy the All-Star Break, which finds Oakland 7.5 out of first place and just 3 games shy of the Angels, 43-46 with four days to relax and reflect on the most beautiful of things: winning a series from their rivals down South.