Yes, it's game number seven. Yes, I understand that I can't make a sound judgement about the offense in the first week, and I reserve the right to be wrong. But it closely resembles the same old refrain, with different players this time, as the A's absolutely waste a spectacular pitching performance with their lackluster offense. And I'm not talking about the nebulous "The players look like they're not trying" criticism; I'm talking about sitting through three hours of horrible at-bats! Just a thought, but when you have a runner on third and less than two outs and you STAND AND WATCH strike three go by, I think fans everywhere have a right to complain about the offense. Is there something fundamentally wrong with the A's offensive approach? Not that it won't get better, not that we should jump off the bridge, but it highlights a four-year concern for the fans; why bother watching the A's if they just flat-out can't score runs?
Not to mention, but Carl Pavano is no Felix Hernandez. Clocking in with a career ERA of near 4.5, there is no way the A's should have been shut down so completely. The A's had two chances to really score today; the Twins handed them one run and they blew the second chance. They ended up with one run, and Brett Anderson ended up with an eight inning loss.
Disgusted? You bet.
Anderson held the Twins scoreless through seven innings, only showing signs of trouble in the eighth inning (you can insert commentary about a play at third base here; I didn't see it, so I have no idea how make-able it was; the announcers thought it was pretty tough). The problem was not Anderson; 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 K's should guarantee a win almost every time out. The problem was, once again, the A's offense. I'm tired of giving credit to every single pitcher who goes up against us; I'm tired of getting four-hit by less-than-ace pitching.
To sum up: the A's scored their only run in the first inning on a walk, a wild pitch, a throwing error and a sac fly. Go us.
The Twins won the game in the bottom of the eighth with four singles.
Day game streak over. 2-5 record to start the season; we do it again tomorrow.