Oakland Athletics Game 27 – Monday, May 4, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Game Attendance: Away Game
Season Attendance: 291,434
Lowest Attendance: 15,025 (Game 2)
Game Time: 3:10
Season Time: 80:11
Win Record: 11-16
Win Record vs Twins: 0-1
AL West Standing: 4th
Elimination Number: 129
Winning Pitcher: Phil Hughues (1-4)
Losing Pitcher: Jesse Hahn (1-2)
Pitchers/Pitch Count: Hahn/104, Alvarez/22, Bassitt/35
Total Pitches per game: 161
Total Pitches per season: 3837
Game Home Runs: 2
Season Home Runs: 25
Game Runs: 7
Season Runs: 138
Runs Rank: 4th
Run Differential: 17
Differential Rank: 7th
Game RBI Leader: Vogt (5)
Season RBI Leader: Vogt (25)
Most RBI’s in Single Game: 5 (27)
Game RISP: 3 for 10
Game LOB: 8
Season RISP: 76 for 244
Season LOB: 180
Game Batting Average: .301
Lineup Batting Average: .268
Total Players Used in Game: 14
Most Players Used in Game: 20 (Game 25)
The Oakland Athletics have scored seven runs in four consecutive games. That is a meaningless stat but it’s interesting. There are stats associated with that, though, that aren’t meaningless, like the fact that they only won two of those games and the two losses were both by one run.
When a team can score seven in four straight games, they should be winning those games. That should be enough run support for any pitching staff and bullpen but, alas, that is not the case with the A’s at the moment.
Jesse Hahn didn’t have the finest of outings, tacking 6 earned runs onto his stat sheet, but he did avoid walking batters and struck out five. There are glimpses of an excellent pitcher shining through these outings and he may, in fact, be working his way into a groove that will make him a reliable fifth starter.
Stephen Vogt hit his first grand slam of his career in the first inning and brought the A’s a quick 4-0 lead only to see it evened up in the top of the second. The A’s were able to come within a run of evening the score at 8 when Vogt, at the top of the ninth, came about a foot shy of a two run homer which bounced off the 25+ foot wall and was only good for an RBI double. In any other park, that would have been a home run and Vogt would have had his third multi-homer game in about two and a half weeks.
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Vogt is now leading the team with 25 RBIs, second in the majors behind Nelson Cruz’s 26, and Reddick is a few spots lower on the list. The A’s have six players with 10 or more RBIs at the moment. For the sake of comparison, the Giants have three, Tigers have four, and the Cardinals have six while no team in baseball has two batters with 20+ RBIs other than the Oakland Athletics.
You’d think with all of these runs the team would be winning more games. Their Pythagorean win record is 15-12.