Now I know what other writers talk about when they say games at Coors Field are crazy. No lead is safe, which is why the Rockies couldn’t have felt secure after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. And it’s why the A’s couldn’t have felt at ease sending rookie Ryan Cook to the mound in the ninth with an 8-5 lead. But Cook delivered — after putting the first two batters on base — and notched his first career save. That was one of several things the A’s had to feel good about in winning the opener of a three-game series. Here are some others:
–Brandon Moss enjoyed the kind of game that helps justify the A’s plugging him in as the starting first baseman. He had the first two-homer game of his career. And you had to like the honest answer he gave when asked about three of his four hits with the A’s being homers. He’s hitting .235 in six games. “I’m not a .330 hitter,” Moss said. “I don’t get a lot of singles. Usually I’m trying to drive the ball.”
–Seth Smith continues to rake. He doubled in his first two at-bats, the second one driving in two runs. How’s this for a tear? Over his last seven games, Smith is 13 for 24 with four doubles and seven RBI. He is the guy who will make it tough for the A’s to decide on Manny Ramirez. If he keeps hitting like this, can you afford not to use Smith as the DH? Of course, Smith is getting to play the outfield in National League parks, and he’s much more comfortable doing that than serving as DH.
–After a rough first inning, Bartolo Colon settled in and lasted five innings, picking up the win. It wasn’t pretty but he got it done. Bob Melvin says pitchers have to be patient and not lose their cool if they give up runs at Coors Field. Colon has the perfect mentality to operate that way.
That’s all for now …