The A’s took that home-stand magic up the coast on Friday night and came away with a 4-3 win. A three run first inning set Dana Eveland (ev-uh-lund? eev-uh-lund?) up to get his third win. The last three and two thirds were closed down by the bullpen, as always. Santiago Casilla has pitched over 12 innings of relief this year and Andrew Brown has hurled 14. Neither has an earned run on their stat sheet. That’s pretty impressive for nearly 25 games in.
The A’s didn’t really break out the lumber on Friday night but they did have a great plate approach. 3 hits usually don’t go far but the Mariners walked seven batters, allowing the A’s to have base runners all night. Nearly every hitter in the A’s lineup had a walk in the game. Big Frank had an RBI base hit and Emil Brown had an RBI double. Brown now has 20 RBI which puts him on pace for 135 on the season.
The Tigs didn’t help out the cause so the A’s stay locked with the Angels in first out West. We keep waiting for that tie to break. Hopefully it’ll be in the good guys’ favor when it happens. Tigers are up on the Angels right now in the ninth but the human roller coaster that is Todd Jones will likely keep it interesting. Do your job Todd and tonight we’ll see if the A’s can take over sole possession of the division lead. Until then, enjoy the games, enjoy some brews, and if you know any hitters who can take pitches and not hit for power, e-mail me pronto.