Before the game it was announced that the M’s would have a fourth representative at the 2014 All Star Game . . .
Fernando Rodney will help represent the M’s (along with Felix, Robbie and Kyle). He replaces David Price (who is pitching tomorrow, so would be unavailable). But, Nando is plenty deserving with his league leading 27 saves. And, it’s only right that the BEST BULLPEN IN BASEBALL has representation at the mid-summer classic.
Congrats to ALL of our ALL STARS – you make us PROUD!!!
Now back to the pretty awesome ALW showdown that was played tonight . . .
ON the MOUND
The Bear picked right back up where he left off vs. the Twins . . .
– He struck out the side in order in the 1st
– Gave up a couple of singles with ONE out and was able to strike out TWO more to end the 2nd
– Retired the side in order in the 3rd
– One aboard via an error, eventually erased on a nifty DP (see IN the FIELD) in the 4th
– Retired the side in order in the 5th
– Gave up a single in the 6th
– Retired the side in order in the 7th AND 8th
– Came ONE out away from a complete game but, allowed a lead-off single and then a TWO out homer
– lost the shut-out but, earned his EIGHTH victory
Another item worth pointing out . . .
the A’s lead the MAJORS in walks with 359 – Kuma walked ZERO
EIGHT.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts
AT the PLATE
~ The M’s went quietly in the 1st but, made Chavez work in the 2nd, after Kyle struck out, Corey doubled and Dustin singled him home for the M’s first run. Jesus struck out between walks by Brad and Endy and then JJ grounded out. Nice to see Dustin and Corey (who have been struggling mightily) contributing.
~ Brad was tossed in the 4th for arguing a strikeout call. I listening to the A’s broadcast here and there (via MLB At Bat) and it was kind of comical and very obvious that their announcers have NO love lost with the home plate umpire tonight (Bob Davidson) as they went on and on about him, inferring that he’s just a bit egotistical (Willie took over at SS for Brad). Apparently, Keith Law doesn’t think too highly of him either . . .
~ Kyle showing his All-Star ways, drives Robbie home and follows right behind him via his 15th homer (13th at Home Sweet Safeco (to make it 3-0)
~ the 8th was pretty interesting as it played out . . . Willie singles and Jesus moves him along with a bunt (we finally have a bunter!) and then Endy singled and Willie was motoring – but, the single was fielded by Cesdepdes who has a rocket for an arm and he just nailed Willie at the plate (Lloyd challenged but, the call was upheld). But wait – there’s more! JJ walked and Robbie went Clobbie 🙂 (making it 6-0 at the time)
IN the FIELD
* Super Duper DP to end the top of the 4th – Kyle had to charge it but, was able to make a strong throw to Robbie who, of course, completes the turn to LoMo at 1B
* In the 8th, All-Star Kyle makes a fabulous over-the-bag snare and then an across-the-body throw to LoMo who digs it out (he’s been MORE than respectable at 1B) to get the speedy gentry for the third out.
tweets of the game . . .