J. Duke pitched a pretty good game tonight, the hitters got on Byrd early, but unfortunately nothing ever came of it. Not a lot of good things to take away from this game other than Duke’s starting performance.
One small thing of note though is that I won’t doubt Daric Barton’s power. He hasn’t hit for a lot of power and probably won’t in game situations, but that first pitch that Kobayashi (not the hot dog guy) delivered got turned around FAST. Barton spun on it and hit it about 400 feet foul into the upper deck at the Jake (is it still called that?). I know it’s just a foul ball in a meaningless loss at the 40th game of the season. Still, if the guy can put that swing on the ball there’s no reason for him to not hit 25 a year.
Depending on how the Chi Sox do against LAA tonight we may have another tie for the divison. Depending on the BoSox and about 5 other teams we may not have the best record in the AL after tonight. Two more in Cleveland and I like tomorrow’s matchup. The A’s need to pick up at least one of this series and getting two in a row to win it would be the perfect result heading to interleague play. Until then, enjoy the games, enjoy some brews, and if you don’t see a post or two during the next few days, I’ll be busy reading Moneyball (thanks SmoothRon!).