It's been approximately 130 years since the Oakland offense picked up a pitcher who was having an off-night. Of course, for Trevor Cahill, an off-night means eight innings, seven hits, three runs, five strikeouts, and fourteen groundouts.
But pick him up they did, as Cliff Pennington, the walk-off hero from yesterday, hit a booming two RBI double to RF that hit the bottom of the wall about a half an inch from the foul line. For a team that has had difficulty with runners in scoring position, a big hit like that was a welcome surprise. Daric Barton also had a great night, going 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. And while Coco Crisp wasn't terrific with the bat, he saved the game with an absolutely miraculous over-the-wall grab that proved to be the difference in the game.
Of course, this series isn't exactly a win in the schedule just yet. We've still got three very difficult pitchers to face in Jeremy Hellickson, David Price, and Matt Garza. And yet...it just got a little brighter. Isn't that enough?
Athletics lead the series 1-0
|Thu 08/19||4 - 3 win|
Tampa Bay Rays
Friday, Aug 20, 2010, 7:05 PM PDT
Jeremy Hellickson vs Vin Mazzaro
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
|Sat 08/21||6:05 PM PDT|
|Sun 08/22||1:05 PM PDT|