2008 Oakland A’s Season Blog, The Exodus (4-4)

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On a night where we saw Rich Harden scratched due to another shoulder issue, the A’s climbed back to five hundred.  Chad Gaudin got the nod to start and did not impress in his 4 innings.  Gaudin did not keep the ball down, as he must to be effective, and gave up 2 homers and 6 runs total.  Amazingly enough, the homerun was by Vernon T Waldrip Wells.  That man must be a suitor because he hits at least one bomb per series against the A’s.

But let’s look at the positives.  The bullpen threw well over 4 innings.  Only Alan Embree dissapointed as he gave up a game-tying dinger to Frank Thomas in the eighth.  Otherwise, the boys came in and shut the Jays down.  1 hit over 4 innings of relief work is solid.  Add in Huston Street’s first save of the year and there are a lot of positives going on in the pen right now.

At the plate Ryan Sweeney and Kurt Suzuki continue to rake.  Both are hitting over .400 and they both have a great approach at the plate.  Travis Buck is off the schneid as his RBI double in the 2nd got him going and he ended up 2 for 6 on the night.  Personally, I’d like to see Suzuki leading off with the way he handles the bat and runs the bases, but there’s a reason Bob is a Major League coach and I’m writing a blog article about his team.

Overall, another good night for the A’s when the news of the day wasn’t so good (Harden’s injury).  The rotation should be interesting over the next few days as the coaching staff fills in where Harden skipped.  He’s supposed to go on Saturday, but we’ll see how that plays out.  Until then, enjoy the games, enjoy some brews, and if you happen to know a good orthopaedic shoulder specialist, e-mail me pronto.

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One Response to “2008 Oakland A’s Season Blog, The Exodus (4-4)”

  1. TGC Says:

    don’t sell yourself short E, this is a major league blog article!

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