Just when you thought you made it out, they pullll you back in, as the A’s looked masterful last night. Putting up an 8 spot against the Angels, the A’s gained a game against Texas to fall to 9 games back from Texas.
While our chances of making the playoffs are about the same as this guys chances of becoming a fortune 500 CEO, there is still a shot. Gio Gonzalez picked up his 13th win going 6 innings with 6 k’s and just 4 hits, as he continues to look better with every start. Click here for the box score, or the more for a wrap.
The game was relatively calm last night, staying at a decent clip with a score of 2-0 until the A’s erupted for 6 runs in the 7th inning. The A’s hit parade in the seventh began with a 2-run shot by Kevin Kouzmanoff to deep left center. It was his 14th of the year and his 4th in the last 7 games.
The hits kept coming as seemingly everyone in the lineup ended up on base, but the long ball, which has been so elusive for the A’s, crept up again, and from Cliff Pennington, always a sight to see.
Cliff’s shot left the park in a hurry, hugging the first base line and momentarily touching down in the barbecue patio before finding its way back onto the field. Confused, Cliff looked like Adam Rosales as he tore around the bases, only to realize after touching second that he’d just belted his first home run since April.
Gio did not look his sharpest on the mound, but he got the job done, and it is a good sign that he was able to pitch through adversity and not lose his head. Last season it seemed that he would lose his cool with runners on the bases, but yesterday he had just one 1-2-3 inning yet he was still able to shut out the Angels.
The action continues today with Trevor Cahill taking on Jered Weaver.