For 3 innings, Vin Mazzaro got behind in the count and survived. For the next 4.1 IP, Mazzaro dazzled with a "giddyup fastball" and "ring him up" slider, throwing a career high 7.1 IP and 111 pitches, surrendering just one run and walking just one against 7 Ks. And yes, long-term this is supposed to be the A's #4 starter behind Anderson, Cahill, and Gonzalez.
Meanwhile, the A's pecked away at Fausto Carmona with a "hitless run" in the 1st (walk, passed ball, groundout, groundout) that was so strenuous Coco Crisp touched home plate and exited soon after with a "tight hamstring," then an Ellis RBI single in the 4th and an Adam Rosales blast into the LF seats in the 7th.
Ellis' single scored Jack Cust, who was on base three more times today (double, single, walk) and at this point if you don't think Cust should be on the team and in the lineup for this light-hitting A's team I have to question your sanity. Cust's line stands at .308/.418/.419, and no the A's don't have anyone who can get on base 42% of the time or anyone with an .837 OPS.
So the A's finish their "series against teams who really suck" 7-2, and come home to face the Yankees. Hey, Tuesday night is a matchup of two All-Stars: C.C. Sabathia vs. Trevor Cahill. Congratulations, Trevor.