By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 12:01 am in Uncategorized.
Was anyone surprised to see both Ryan Sweeney and Jack Cust get pinch-hit for in the 10th inning of tonight’s 6-5 loss to the Angels? Sweeney had doubled in his previous at-bat to set a game-tying rally into motion. Cust had broken a long homerless drought earlier in the game (although he struck out in his previous at-bat before the 10th). Bob Geren pointed to the .115 average lefties had against Angels left-hander Brian Fuentes, and that’s a very valid point. Still, pinch-hitting for Sweeney raised my eyebrows a bit. The guy was coming off a great at-bat, and I would have liked to see him get a chance to start something there.
Regardless of whether you agree with those decisions, they point to a bigger problem: When your No. 3 and No. 5 hitters are being pinch-hit for in the bottom of the 10th and you trail by just a run, your offense is in trouble. The A’s simply lack a middle-of-the-lineup presence (as if you haven’t known that over the past three-plus seasons, right?)
Any overall thoughts on the game, A’s fans? Had to be a tough one to digest …