A’s pull out 2-1 win over Seattle Mariners

I’m toast right about now, so just a quick blog on the A’s 2-1 win before I head home:

–Bob Geren said Dallas Braden’s changeup was as good as he’s seen it. In fact, he said it was the best he’s seen Braden, period, and I’d have to agree. Braden’s outing tonight was proof that you don’t have to blow up the radar gun to be dominant. The A’s need this guy to step up, especially w/Ben Sheets still trying to find his form.

–Rajai Davis had an 0-for-5 night and stranded 7 men on base. But for the second straight night, he came up with a diving catch in center field. If you don’t get it done with the bat, it’s always good to make up for it with the glove.

–Were you surprised to see Mr. Selective, Daric Barton, swing at a 3-1 pitch and fly out in the ninth with the bases loaded? Geren said he gave Barton a take on 2-0 but was OK w/him swinging on 3-1. Geren asked Barton where the pitch was when Barton got to the dugout, and Barton said it was a perfect pitch to hit.

–Solid work by the A’s bullpen so far, which hasn’t given up an earned run in seven innings. …

Joe Stiglich