I know I used the same pic as in the game thread, but it's actually applicable this time.
3 shutouts in 11 games. Not from our pitchers. The A's have scored 28 runs in 11 games. It turns out that our pitchers CAN'T throw a shutout every game and when you don't throw a shutout and don't score any runs, you lose. Who would've thought that?
The A's have decided to make this recap easy for me.
Brandon McCarthy got off to a tough start after back to back singles from Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols led to a Kendrys Morales three-run home run. McCarthy gave up 5 earned runs in a losing effort to the Angels' ace Jered Weaver. It turns out that Felix Hernandez isn't the only good pitcher in the AL West. You could literally watch the 1st and 8th innings of the game and gone home or turned off the tv. The A's mustered only 6 hits and 2 walks against the Angels' pitchers and were actually able to get into scoring position, they just couldn't score them (0 for 8). In other words, there is no scoring position.
Brandon McCarthy was taken out in the 8th inning after giving up back to back doubles to Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales and was replace by Andrew Carignan, who got one out and proceeded to walk the next 3 batters. Just like that the score was 6 - 0. In the 9th inning, Suzuki and Barton flew out, but Howie Kendrick was unable to field the final out. Kila Ka'aihue then hit a ball to Angels' shortstop Erick Aybar, but he was also charged with an error. Eric Sogard battled with a full count and was able to load the bases with a walk, but LaTroy Hawkins was able to strike Weeks out for the final out.
So far the A's have been unable to prove anyone wrong, as their record is now (4W- 7L). The A's take on Dan Haren tomorrow at 7:05PM. Tim Lincecum gave up 5 runs in 6 innings in a loss to the Phillies, but not even that can cheer me up right now. Just forget about today and move on to the next game.