So...how's Brad Peacock coming along? And by that, I mean I'd like him to start in five days, because as you can tell from the score, Tyson Ross picked right up where he left off in Baltimore. He only gave up 7 runs today, but that's only because he wasn't allowed to give up any more.
There weren't a lot of "bright sides" to this game, as the A's dip a game under .500, but the bullpen was one. Pedro Figueroa replaced Ross in the fourth, and got a double-play to prevent the Rays from hanging a 9-spot on Ross. Jerry Blevins had a great outing, striking out three in his nearly-two innings, and Jim Miller finished the game unscored upon.
To be extremely fair to the A's offense, David Price was filthy tonight; striking out 12 in his eight innings. They managed to coax a run across the plate in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Gomes and Suzuki, but of course, Ross gave up seven in response, so that wasn't really enough. Cliff Pennington hit a meaningless homerun in the ninth to put the second run on the board, but aside from a Cespedes hit and another Gomes hit, that was all the offense the A's could muster. It is highly likely the A's would have fallen to Price no matter who they threw out there, but Ross sucked.
It's one of those games that you just have to forget, and hope that Bartolo Colon can hold the red-hot Rays to fewer runs than the A's score tomorrow. Michael Taylor watch: 0-3 with a K. Don't judge him by this game; at one point, Price threw a 97 mph fastball, followed by an 81 mph change. Welcome to the bigs, kid. We'll see you in the lineup tomorrow.