By Joe Stiglich
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 11:51 pm in 2009 regular season.
Where to begin with this one? I thought the A’s lack of hitting w/runners in scoring position early on had doomed them tonight. Now they’ve earned at least a split in this series with Brett Anderson making his first career start tomorrow. Remember, first pitch got changed from 7:05 p.m. to 7:25.
A few things that didn’t make their way into tomorrow’s stories:
–Bob Geren figured Matt Holliday might not be available at all tonight due to the flu, so he actually had Bobby Crosby work w/outfield coach Todd Steverson before the game. Crosby said it was a 10-minute session, and he never thought he’d be called upon. Yet there he was in right field for the bottom of the ninth — his first career appearance anywhere but shortstop in a regular season game.
“It was just very, very weird,” Crosby said after the game. “People in the infield look small, the batter looks small. You’re kind of in the middle of nowhere.”
But by the ninth, Crosby already was in the spirit of chipping in wherever needed. Before the bottom of the fifth, with catcher Kurt Suzuki not ready yet and backup Landon Powell down in the bullpen, Crosby grabbed a catcher’s mitt and warmed up pitcher Dana Eveland.
–Speaking of Eveland, he talked after the game about how his fastball didn’t have its usual juice. That could be troubling for the A’s if it continues. “I’m usually around 89 to 91. I was 87 to 88 today. I’m not far off. It feels great coming out of my hand. But I get a peek at the (stadium radar) gun every now and then. I see 87-88 and I say, ‘Man, I better hit my spots more.’”
He still kept the A’s in the game, going six innings and allowing three runs on eight hits.
–Brad Ziegler got his second save in as many opportunities, but he took a hard shot off the left shin in the bottom of the ninth. After the game, he had a big ice pack on the shin and said the ball caught him flush.
–Jason Giambi is 5-for-9 over the past two games after going 0-for-3 in the opener.