Small Ball Propels 5-1 Victory

W – Jeremy Guthrie (3-4)     L – Tyson Ross (1-3)

Jeremy Guthrie continued his resurrection last night, holding the A’s to one run over 6 innings. He worked hard, throwing 114 pitches and allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, and a hit batter but was able to get out of trouble nearly every time he was in it. In the 2nd inning Oakland got a run on an RBI groundout after a walk and a double left runners in scoring position but that was all they could muster. Guthrie is getting more movement on his pitches than I ever remember seeing and I don’t think his performance is a fluke. He might be a guy to hold onto for a little while longer unless somebody offers something really good (like a major league ready shortstop prospect). Hes under team control until 2012 and could be a veteran presence for the rotation. Mark Hendrickson pitched two scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th, allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Hes been better lately but I hope hes shipped out before the trade deadline. There just has to be a better option. Will Ohman pitched a dominant 9th inning with two strikeouts. It looks like he’ll be the closer for the time being and I liked the way he went right after the hitters. He could do good there.

The offense relied on the little things to get most of their runs last for what seemed like the first time all season. We tied the game in the 4th on an RBI groundout by Adam Jones after Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada walked and advanced on Ty Wiggington’s groundout. The 6th inning started off the same way with Markakis and Tejada walking and advancing on a wild pitch. Back to back sacrifice flies by Wiggington and Jones made it 3-1. We got two runs in the 8th ina more traditional way. Markakis led off the inning with his first homerun since May 1st. He hadn’t homered in 81 at bats but he really hammered that ball. After a Wiggington walk Matt Wieters cranked a double off the wall in right field for his 15th RBI. Corey Patterson continued his steady play at the lead off spot with a single and a walk. Jones, Garrett Atkins, and Cesar Izturis each singled. Luke Scott was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore shoulder and is day to day. Hes been our hottest hitter so we can only hope he won’t be out long.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, HR (3) (.312 AVG)

Its gonna be a hot one tonight for the middle game of the series. Brian Matusz (2-4, 5.26) looks to rebound from his last start against Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.68).


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