By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 10:05 pm in Uncategorized.
In a game that was exhausting just to watch, the A’s outlasted the Rays 4-3 in 12 innings Saturday night. There have been ups and downs for the A’s on this road trip, but the A’s are 4-4 on the three-city swing through the American League East. Were they to win tomorrow, coming home with a winning record would be a feather in their cap.
A bit from the clubhouse …
–Bartolo Colon was bothered by a stomach bug during the game, which is partly why he left after five innings. And perhaps it helps explain why he wasn’t as sharp as he’s been most of this season. He allowed three homers, but all were solo shots, and that turned out to be important.
–The A’s bullpen was fantastic, with four relievers delivering seven shutout innings. “It was amazing what they did,” Colon said. “And they’ve been doing it all season.” A’s manager Bob Melvin said the ‘pen is in decent shape for Sunday’s matinee. Lefties Pedro Figueroa and Jerry Blevins were not used and neither was right-hander Jim Miller. Ryan Cook threw two innings but used just 25 pitches, so he should be available. And Balfour should be OK.
Cook has now pitched in 12 games this season without allowing a run, a span of 14 1/3 innings. Pretty amazing stuff. …
–There were a couple events that convinced me the A’s were destined to lose this game. One was the 10th inning rally when they loaded the bases with one out and came up empty against Brandon Gomes, who was really struggling to find the strike zone. The second was Sean Rodriguez’s pop-up that fell between Josh Reddick, Jemile Weeks and Daric Barton for a leadoff double in the bottom of the 11th. All three players converged but no one made an attempt for it. On that play, it would seem the outfielder should be calling off the infielders. Afterward, Reddick said he was playing deep on Rodriguez and had a really long way to run for it. Still, it was an easier play for him than anybody.
Then again, you can’t have too many complaints with Reddick’s overall play Saturday. That running catch on B.J. Upton’s drive to end the ninth saved the game for the A’s at that point.
That’s all for now …