Twins down bumbling A’s, 4-3, at Target Field
Offense: This may have been the most embarrassing effort of the season for the A’s, all things considered. They left 13 men on base and went 2-for-20 with RISP. And they lost by a run. Kevin Kouzmanoff, especially, took it on the chin, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Daric Barton and Rajai Davis had the only two hits with RISP. The offense did steal three bases, but with only four extra-base hits amongst the 14 overall, it wasn’t enough to win the game. And it should have been. The grade reflects the hit total and the run total, nothing more. GRADE: D
Defense: Cliff Pennington needs to spend a large part of the offseason working on his defense. He made his 18th error of the year in this one, while Rajai Davis made his third error of the year to contribute to two unearned runs by the Twins. Along with the offensive ineptitude, those errors cost Oakland the game. GRADE: C
Pitching: Sure, Gio Gonzalez may have walked too many batters, but he only have up three hits in six innings. The defense betrayed him, and the offense abandoned him. With the news that Andrew Bailey will be out for at least another two weeks or so, the bullpen needs to replicate this kind of effort a lot: no runs in two innings. GRADE: B+
Coaching: Like so many other games before this one, we all know Bob Geren can’t do the hitting for his guys. Geren was only a .233 career hitter, anyway. He doesn’t have a lot to work with, either, as Chris Carter is still hitless after four games. GRADE: A
Overall Game Grade: C+ (77.9%). These kinds of games are why the A’s are not in playoff contention during mid-August. They could have won the game, 8-4, with a few well-timed hits. The pitching staff deserves better than this.
Overall Season Grade: B (83.79%). For the 20th time, the Oakland Athletics are at .500 in the 2010 season. Does it even matter how far out of first place they are? No, but for the record, they’re nine games behind Texas.
A’s Record: 57-57. Trevor Cahill will have another opportunity to cement his “stopper” status for 2010 when he takes the mound tonight against the Twins. Hopefully, the offense can scratch out a few runs for him, maybe even enough to win the game!
A’s “Should Be” Record: 60-54. Could Oakland have won this one? Yes. Should they have? Eh. The go-ahead run was on base in the ninth, but we can’t claim Davis “should have” gotten a hit as the last batter of the game. What a long season for this offense …