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A little on Cahill’s outing, and Crisp’s impact

Most of my game story from the A’s 6-1 victory over the Giants focuses on Coco Crisp and what his addition means to the team. Trevor Cahill’s fine outing definitely deserved more space. The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He’s now given up three runs or less in his past four outings, after he was hit hard in Toronto in his first start after his call-up. After tonight’s game, manager Bob Geren mentioned that Cahill was popping the glove with his four-seam fastball, which was clocking in the mid 90′s at times. The A’s want Cahill to use his four-seamer more. Typically, Cahill leans heavily on his two-seamer (sinker), which he said was also working well for him. “I thought my sinker was good,” he said. “I mixed in some breaking balls and change-ups and it worked out for me.”

–Not that we should make too much out of one game, but a healthy Coco Crisp makes this a much more flexible and effective lineup, wouldn’t you say? I like Rajai Davis and Cliff Pennington hitting at the bottom of the order. Even if they’re not hitting, they provide some speed at the bottom of the lineup. And if they’re struggling, it’s not quite as glaring as if they’re hitting up top.

Time to head home, check in w/you before tomorrow’s game …

Joe Stiglich