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A’s 3, Mariners 2

A couple of leftover thoughts from tonight’s game, won by the A’s when Bobby Crosby scored on Gregorio Petit’s single to right in the top of the ninth. Crosby ran through a stop sign by third base coach Mike Gallego, and I’m still wondering what the conversation would have been like between Crosby and Bob Geren had Seattle catcher Rob Johnson held on to that ball. Anyway …

–A nice bounce-back effort from Trevor Cahill, who used his extra time between starts to work on his arm slot during his delivery. The work paid dividends, according to Geren, who called the outing a “stepping stone.” “He had a touch less movement, but a touch more velocity. And he had enough movement, if that makes sense,” Geren said.

Said Cahill: “After the first couple innings, I felt like I got comfortable. It was a lot easier. I found that rhythm I had in my last couple of side (sessions).”

But the A’s still aren’t giving him much offensive support. Coming in, his run support of 2.25 per outing was fourth lowest in the American League.

–The A’s continue to lean on Andrew Bailey hard out of the bullpen. It speaks to his effectiveness, but he’s logging an awfully heavy workload for a young guy. He gave up a run in the seventh, but came back strong in the eighth, getting Jose Lopez and Johnson swinging on 93 and 94 mph fastballs. Geren continues to rave about him.

“He was working at a tempo a touch quicker today, but when he had to at the end, he got his rhythm and threw fastballs right by guys. I could see him closing games when he gets more (experience). He has that ability.”

Don’t be surprised to see Bailey get a crack at the ninth inning soon, especially if it takes Brad Ziegler (still battling the flu) a while to regain his strength …

Joe Stiglich