2008 Oakland A’s Season Blog, The Exodus (13-9)

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Well friends the old back porch is 6-0 on the year (make it 8-0 if you count Cubbies games too).  The Tigs put a beating on the Rangers tonight to the delight of yours truly and TGC.  The A’s also played a typical Twins versus A’s game and won it to the tune of 3-0.

Lots of take aways from tonight’s game.  Chad Gaudin kept the ball down and got in rythm as he pitched seven strong innings.  He also only threw only 84 pitches in the game.  I was waiting for him to come out in the eighth but I guess old Bob knows what he’s doing because Embree shut the Twins down with a 1-2-3. 

You just can’t say enough about how Gaudin pitched tonight.  He kept the ball down with the sinker, slider, and sinking fastball.  He stayed ahead of hitters most of the game and got the ground ball out when he needed it.  He also struck out four.  I’m not sure of the exact stats, but I’m positive at least three of those were called third strikes.  When he’s got the back-door slider working for him and keeping the ball low in the zone you just can’t score a lot of runs on Chad.

The offense did its job by taking four walks off a team that gives up the least in the league.  Bonser walked as many hitters in this game as he’d done total all year.  Mike Sweeney hit a solo shot in the eighth to give Street some breathing room, but he was also 2-3 on the night with a walk.  You just can’t say enough about the offseason acquisitions from the Royals (Emil included).

The Angels beat the Sox in Boston tonight to hang on to the division lead with the A’s.  There was good news on the A’s broadcast as it sounds like Harden will be coming back soon.  He pitched off a mound in the Mac earlier today and it sound like he’s still got the pop on all his pitches.  If Harden gets back this weekend (or early next week) the rotation will pretty much be set.  Duchscherer coming back in a week or two will complicate things, but the way the starting rotation has been throwing that’s a problem we’ll take.  In two weeks the A’s should be back to full strength and that’s a situation that I’d like to see the rest of the division compete against!  Until then, enjoy the games, enjoy the brews, and most importantly, if you know a magical back porch where the Tigers and A’s (and so it seems the Cubbies) just can’t lose, e-mail me pronto.

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