After taking four ridiculously awful losses in June (all the while maintaining his 2.50 ERA), Guillermo Moscoso finally recorded the elusive win in today's game. All he had to do was two-hit the Mariners for seven strong innings, striking out five and walking only one as Scott Sizemore provided all of the offense behind him. The bullpen combination of Devine and Bailey recorded a lights-out eighth and ninth innings as the A's salvaged a game of the series.
Moscoso was that good today; matching up against and eventually besting Jason Vargas, who pitched a complete game, five-hit affair of his own. Luckily for the A's, Scott Sizemore was playing; he hit the first pitch he saw into the seats for a no-doubt homerun in the very first inning.
The A's would cling to that lead until the fifth inning, when Seattle was nice enough to help the A's score a much-needed insurance run. Pennington singled, advanced to second on a throwing error, and advanced to third on a balk. Sizemore (who else!?) singled him in, giving the A's the 2-0 lead. It would be more than enough for Moscoso, Devine and Bailey, who bounced back nicely from last night's loss.
Honestly, it was one of those series that could have gone either way, provided either team could have managed just one more hit. But the A's escape with one, and turn their attention to the upcoming series against Texas; which will be a four-game affair, in the dead heat of Texas, starting tomorrow night.
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