Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Detroit didn't win - the A's beat themselves

I'm never happy when the A's lose, but to lose like this is just unacceptable. It would have been different if they had lost 5 to 1 with no walks and only a handful of hits. Sure, the loss would have sucked, but man those Detroit pitchers really shut down the A's, they pitched their hearts out.

But no. Not only did the A's lose 5 to 1, they did it in gut wrenching fashion. They rocked Nate Robertson for 6 hits and worked 3 walks with runners on base every inning - and got none of them home. They hit into 2 inning ending double plays and then with runners on second and third with NOBODY OUT Robertson strikes out three in a row.

But that's not all folks. The A's managed a hit against every Detroit pitcher faced except Jones and had 2 runners on the bases in 5 out of the 9 innings.

Even with Zito's disastrous third and fourth innings the A's should have won, and won handily. Grounding into 4 double plays and going something like 0 for 12 with runners in scoring pitching is a pathetic way to lose a game.

Detroit didn't win the game. The A's had numerous chances to take advantage and come back with a win and they blew it. The A's beat themselves, Detroit had nothing to do with it.

The A's still need to face Rogers, twice if it goes to game 7 and on game 7 Rogers will be pitching in his most favorable setting - the Oakland coliseum. If it goes to 7 games and the A's lose against Rogers, this first game will come back to haunt them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, someone had to pitch those three straight strikeouts, and someone had to drive in and score 5 runs. The Tigers won last night because they hit and pitched and played defense better than Oakland. That they didn't play a perfect game doesn't diminish the accomplishment.

10:05 AM  
Blogger emeryroolz said...

I think the Tigers had a LITTLE something to do with it. I mean, the ball wasn't sitting on a tee at home plate when Chavez, Swisher, and Scutaro struck out. And Zito didn't turn around and chuck the ball over the fence himself when Inge and Rodriguez were up. Just saying...

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the A's managed to beat themselves again. I'm guessing you feel that Detroit had nothing to do with the 8 runs scored tonight too, eh? And the 13 strikeouts?

8:35 PM  

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