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Another quiet postgame scene for A’s

I mentioned before Monday’s game how the A’s seemed more loose and relaxed, like they might bust out from a five-game losing streak. After a tough 5-4 loss to the Twins, it was another solemn clubhouse. This one had to hurt because different areas malfunctioned today. The A’s collected 10 hits, they got two home runs, but they could have done so much more with the opportunities they had. A 1 for 9 performance with runners in scoring position just isn’t going to cut it. And of all areas, it was the bullpen that also let the A’s down.

Jordan Norberto gave up two runs in the sixth in relief of Travis Blackley, allowing the Twins to tie it 3-3. “It just looked like he was getting behind,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Usually he throws a lot of strikes. It didn’t look like he had as good of command with his fastball or changeup. He just got into some bad counts.” For those of you wondering why Blackley wasn’t allowed to pitch past the fifth, he was on a pitch count in his first start. “I figured my leash wouldn’t be past five,” Blackley said.

Then Ryan Cook entered in the eighth and gave up the two runs that gave Minnesota a final lead. In his 22nd appearance, the right-handed set up man finally allowed a runner to cross home plate. What got lost in Cook’s dominance before Monday was that he sometimes pitched himself into jams in those scoreless outings. But he always managed to escape trouble. That wasn’t the case Monday. “His command was a little spotty,” Melvin said. “… (But) it’s been an unbelievable run, it really has.”

–Count Blackley’s impressive five-inning start as a silver lining for the A’s. The lefty has been quite good so far since being claimed off waivers from the Giants. We’ll see whether he winds up getting another start. His next turn would come Saturday at Kansas City, but all indications are Brandon McCarthy will be ready to return from the D.L. and pitch that day. At least Blackley gives the A’s a nice insurance policy if other starters falter or get hurt.

–After six straight losses, the A’s must be wondering what they need to do to get a ‘W.’ Games like today’s, where they get a bit of offense and still can’t make it stand, have to be discouraging. Jarrod Parker takes the hill Tuesday night, looking to get his team back on track …

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    He rests his best players vs their biggest rivals..TWICE in separate series. He’s getting a terrific pitching performance, and then takes the guy out because of “A pitch count”..I’m thinking Melvin isn’t into winning as much as he is into pleasing Slick Billy and his methods.
    Its a head shaker that a team that cant hit..then pulls a pitcher…More of Beane thinking.

    Did you hear Joe that Billy Beane’s kid took up playing little league baseball?..before every game though,Billy ties one of his kids arm behind his back and tells him ” I want you to get used to what its like to play for the A’s when you grow up”…!

  • Gdog

    How about running them into an out with the double steal in the ninth last night. The guy on the hill couldn’t throw a strike and would have walked the bases loaded.

    Worst was nibbling against Span and walking him. With Mauer, Willingham and Morneau looming you let Span walk. He has 1 HR and worst he could have done is tie the game. Make him hit! Instead he tries to get the strikeout, gets cute and brings the winning run to the plate. I feel bad for Josh Rddick because the kid can play but he will be shipped out soon enough anyway.