The Oakland Athletics swept the Baltimore Orioles today and got their season-high 4th win in the row.
The A’s got 10 hits for the 4th day in a row and DeJesus was the only starter that didn’t get a hit. Willingham cashed in with 4 RBIs, so he now has 35, tied for 12th in the Majors, 6th in the AL. Josh also hit a three-run home run, his 9th home run, tied for 10th in the AL, 20th in the majors. Moscoso pitched 5 inning, allowing 4 earned runs, and one strikeout. Crsip stole his 16th base of the year in the 7th inning. The bullpen was solid, allowing only 2 hits in 4 inning. Andrew Bailey made his first apperance in 2011, fresh off the DL. He had a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Balfour got his 11th hold and Fuentes sealed the game with his 11th save of the season.
Here are the stats for today’s game:
HR: Willingham (9, 5th inning off Britton, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Crisp; Barton; Jackson, C; Willingham 5; Suzuki, K; Ellis; Kouzmanoff 2; Pennington.
RBI: Willingham 4 (35), Jackson, C (13), Barton (13).
2-out RBI: Jackson, C; Willingham 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeJesus; Jackson, C 4.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Crisp (16, 2nd base off Accardo/Wieters).
2B: Hardy (6, Moscoso).
TB: Pie; Guerrero; Wieters; Hardy 3; Reynolds, Ma.
RBI: Pie (5), Reimold (7), Markakis (16), Guerrero (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reynolds, Ma 2; Wieters; Andino.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Reynolds, Ma (3, 2nd base off Breslow/Suzuki, K).
W: Moscoso (2-0, 3.27)
L: Britton (5-3, 2.93)
SV: Fuentes (11)
Here is Tom Green’s summary of the game:
For the first time all season, the A’s swept a three-game series. They have Josh Willingham to thank for that.
Willingham drove in four runs, including a three-run go-ahead home run, as the A’s downed the Orioles, 6-4, to complete the sweep.
Willingham’s fifth-inning blast, his ninth of the season, capped a four-run inning that saw the A’s rally from a 4-1 deficit and climb back to .500 on the season. Fittingly, like the A’s did all weekend, Willingham’s round-tripper came with two outs and when the A’s needed it the most, as Baltimore had put up a four-spot on the board in the top of the inning.
Starter Guillermo Moscoso, making his second start for the injured Tyson Ross, cruised through the first four innings on 40 pitches, but stalled in the fifth, when the Orioles sent eight men to the plate. Moscoso (2-0) gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before Robert Andino reached on a fielder’s choice that baffled the A’s. Andino laid down a bunt and the A’s attempted to get the lead runner out at third, but he was called safe — prompting an argument from A’s manager Bob Geren.
As a result, Moscoso found himself in a bases-loaded jam with no outs. One at-bat later, Felix Pie hit a fly ball to right-center field and a diving Coco Crisp couldn’t come up with the ball, resulting in a run. Moscoso then gave up a bases-loaded walk before surrendering consecutive RBI groundouts and eventually escaping the inning.
But once again, the A’s found timely hitting, as they recorded double-digit hits for the fourth straight game and all four of their runs in the fifth came with two down. The lead was good enough to put Moscoso in line for the win before handing the game over to the bullpen, which tossed four scoreless innings — including one from two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who made his first appearance of the season after being sidelined with a right forearm injury.