I hate ties. It’s one of the main reasons hockey sucks and one of the main reasons that it’s hard for me to get fully behind soccer. But here we sit in a tie for the division lead that seems like it’s lasted for 2 weeks. The Saturday night loss to the Mariners (5-3) didn’t help the cause.
Justin Duchscherer only gave up 6 hits and 2 runs over 5 strong innings. What’s best is that he walked zero hitters in his 5 innings. Any time a guy steps straight off the DL and into a start you’re worried he won’t get the ball over the plate. That wasn’t the case for the Duke. The bullpen uncharacteristically gave up 3 over 3 innings. Two of those were by Dallas Braden so it’s not like Casilla, Street, Embree, or Brown blew up or anything.
The A’s were a little more impressive at the plate on Saturday night but had fewer runs to show for it. They drew 8 walks (that’s 15 in the last two games) and had 5 hits off the M’s pitching, but could only scrape out three runs. Mike Sweeney went yard for the second time this year. Bobby Crosby was 1-3 with a walk and Emil Brown had a pair of hits. Those two guys are swinging the bat well as of late.
The Tigers did their job yesterday but the A’s couldn’t do theirs. So we remain locked with the Angels. Maybe Sunday will be magical and we’ll finally end up in sole possession of the lead in the AL West. We’ll see when Monday dawns. Until then, enjoy the games, enjoy some brews, and if you have season tickets to spare and know a cheap charter flight man, e-mail me pronto.