Here’s some quick tidbits from the A’s 2-0 victory over the White Sox. That two-run rally seemed like an avalanche of offense by the A’s standards, didn’t it?
–Tommy Milone continued to impress with eight shutout innings. He’s yet to give up a run in two home starts, and lefties are 0 for 12 against him on the season (four starts). His changeup is his bread-and-butter pitch, but catcher Anthony Recker said Milone’s fastball is important in his repertoire. “I think what’s underrated is his fastball,” Recker said. “It sets up a lot of changeups.”
–Speaking of Recker, he got a lot of love in the clubhouse after the game. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he called a great game, and so did Kurt Suzuki. Recker also came up big in the top of the eighth by throwing out Brent Morel, who tried to steal second. That ended the inning and kept it a scoreless game, setting the stage for the A’s winning rally. For his part, Recker said he was just happy Milone walked off with a victory. “A guy pitches like that, you’re dying to get a him a win,” Recker said.
–Jemile Weeks is hitting .203, and if you want to gauge how he does breaking out of this early-season slump, track how often he hits the ball in the air. He had two fly outs in four plate appearances Tuesday. A guy with his speed absolutely MUST hit the ball on the ground more. And the A’s are trying to instill that in him.
–As well as the A’s starting pitchers have performed to this point, it makes Jarrod Parker’s start Wednesday afternoon even more interesting. Can Oakland’s top-rated pitching prospect do the job and cement himself in the rotation? If so, that’s a pretty good addition in the fifth starter’s spot. Parker grew up in Indiana and his favorite team was the White Sox. A key Wednesday will be whether he can calm his nerves. Remember that he got pretty rattled facing his former team, the Diamondbacks, in spring training.
That’s all for now …