If you had the distinct pleasure of missing tonight's game, just go continue on with your night. There's no need. The A's are barely going through the motions in the games lately, and tonight was no exception. Remember Spring Training? When you looked at the starting lineup, and you were all, "Aw crap, split squad? All the good players are playing somewhere else?" That was exactly how the lineup looked tonight, with the added bits of irony that I was the most down on Freiman starting and he ended up providing the only speck of offense in another abysmal day of being four-hit and of course, that all the good players were in the game, or were Moss and Vogt and were on the bench. Four. Hit.
Also, Jason Hammel sucks. His last start was encouraging only in the sense that he finally didn't take a loss, but again today, he gave up three home runs to the Braves in three innings. Three home runs. Six hits. Five earned runs. You can only imagine how much fun this one was to watch for the fans. If I'm running the team, this was Hammel's last start. Chavez and his tired arm can't be worse. I actually feel confidant in promising that.
As far as promising signs of a team that is about to break out, whatever is the opposite of that phenomenon is explains the A's first few innings.
Coco Crisp recorded the first out of the game in his 0-4 effort. Tonight will be a night Coco would be best served to forget; not only was he blanked on offense, but it looked like he was having trouble seeing the ball for at least the first three innings today. He got a bad jump on a ball in the third that would drop for a single, he never picked up the subsequent home run ball, so no valiant effort was made on a catch, and he flat-out dropped a ball for a ground-rule double later in the inning. I say this as merely an afterthought, actually, because there are only so many times you want to write, "Hammel was just plain terrible today" in a recap.