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Cahill Continues Dominance, Pennington Helps

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Cliff really needs to use this face next time the team takes their Gameday photos.
Cliff really needs to use this face next time the team takes their Gameday photos.

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?


Current Series

Athletics lead the series 1-0

Thu 08/19 4 - 3 win

Tampa Bay Rays
@ Oakland Athletics

Friday, Aug 20, 2010, 7:05 PM PDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Jeremy Hellickson vs Vin Mazzaro

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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