Postgame A’s notes on Braden and others

Here’s some quick postgame notes after the A’s lost 7-1 to the Angels. Some of this made it into my stories for tomorrow’s paper, some didn’t.

–It’s easy to look at Dallas Braden and say he’s hit rough times since his May 9 perfect game. Indeed he has, but let’s remember that Braden hadn’t pitched that great leading up to that unforgettable day either. Dating back to April 28, Braden is 1-6 with a 4.50 ERA in nine starts, his only win being the perfect game.

Braden bolted after the game without talking to reporters, which is bad form and unusual for such a media-friendly dude. But he told a pool reporter over the phone that he was battling forearm tightness tonight. “I tried to get it taken care of in the trainers’ room,” Braden said. “The cold weather didn’t help. I felt like I couldn’t finish all my pitches.”

–How painful was it to watch Matt Carson’s face plant into the center field wall in the eighth inning? Ouch … His teammates got a kick out of watching the clip afterward. They all came streaming out of the video room with smiles on their faces. Believe it or not, Carson said the collision didn’t hurt all that bad immediately after. He hit the right side of his face, but he was holding an ice pack to his left jaw. “It just jostled my jaw a little bit,” he said. “I thought I had another step. Apparently I didn’t.”

–A bright spot for the A’s: Kevin Kouzmanoff continues to swing it pretty well. He had two hits tonight and drove in the A’s only run in the ninth. That gives him a career high-tying 10-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .395 (15-for-38). “When a guy splits the gap in right-center and is hitting homers to left field, that’s a good sign that there’s no way to pitch (him),” A’s manager Bob Geren said.

Kouzmanoff isn’t a flashy player, but he’s pretty darn steady. I think we’ll look back at his numbers at the end of the season and realize this guy had a pretty good year.

Curtis Pashelka will be covering tomorrow’s game. I’ll be back at the yard Friday …

Joe Stiglich