Oakland Athletics Game 23 – Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 1:30 pm
Game Attendance: 19,534
Season Attendance: 291,434
Lowest Attendance: 15,025 (Game 2)
Game Time: 3:23
Season Time: 66:44
Win Record: 9-14
Win Record vs Angels: 3-4
AL West Standing: 4th
Elimination Number: 139
Winning Pitcher: Garrett Richards (2-1)
Losing Pitcher: Jesse Chavez (0-2)
Pitchers/Pitch Count: Chavez/95, O’Flaherty/13, Otero/4, Cook/28, Clippard/14
Total Pitches per game: 154
Total Pitches per season: 3218
Game Home Runs: 1
Season Home Runs: 18
Game Runs: 5
Season Runs: 110
Runs Rank: 6th
Run Differential: 11
Differential Rank: 9th
Game RISP: 3 for 9
Game LOB: 7
Season RISP: 65 for 210
Season LOB: 153
Game Batting Average: .215
Lineup Batting Average: .265
The curse continues. To date, the Oakland Athletics have not one the final game of a series or a day game. Neither of these are really important stats (if they’re winning all the other games, who cares about series closers and day games?) but they are among the least depressing of the depressing stats. In truth, the A’s are just missing the mark.
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Today was the first start for Jesse Chavez following Graveman’s demotion. He wasn’t bad, he wasn’t great and one can easily dismiss his 4 earned runs in 5 innings, coming off of 7 hits as a bit of rust that he’ll overcome in an outing or two. The bullpen, however, failed to do its part, again, and gave up two more runs in the game which led the A’s ninth inning rally a run shy of tying the game.
Canha did his part with 3 RBI’s, bringing his season total to 10 but it wasn’t enough to get the elusive W, series win, series conclusion win, day game win, home game win or any of the other statistical anomalies that are surrounding this team’s stat sheet at the moment.
It is not too early to worry about this team. Their offense is getting it done on most nights but errors on the field and inconsistent pitching from all but two pitchers is making it near impossible to watch the game past the fifth inning. The team, having just concluded a 1-5 homestand, are embarking on a 10 game road trip where they hope to right the ship before it’s too late to contend.