Oakland Athletics Game 28 – Tuesday, May 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Game Attendance: Away Game
Season Attendance: 291,434
Lowest Attendance: 15,025 (Game 2)
Game Time: 2:43
Season Time: 82:54
Win Record: 12-16
Win Record vs Twins: 1-1
AL West Standing: 3rd
Elimination Number: 129
Game Home Runs: 0
Season Home Runs: 25
Game Runs: 2
Season Runs: 140
Runs Rank: 2nd
Run Differential: 18
Differential Rank: 7th
Game RBI Leader: Butler (1), Lawrie (1)
Season RBI Leader: Vogt (25)
Most RBI’s in Single Game: 5 (27)
Game RISP: 2 for 8
Game LOB: 8
Season RISP: 78 for 252
Season LOB: 188
Game Batting Average: .248
Lineup Batting Average: .268
Total Players Used in Game: 13
Most Players Used in Game: 20 (Game 25)
In reality, Jesse Chavez should have pitched a complete game in his third start for the Oakland Athletics in 2015. Through 7.1 innings, Chavez allowed only four hits and walked one while striking out seven on 87 pitches. It wasn’t until the 8th inning that the Twins had a runner on second and if not for a throwing error by Ike Davis, who launched a ball into centerfield in an attempt to turn a double play, Chavez may have seen the minimum in that inning, too.
In his three starts, Chavez has pitched 18.1 innings and faced 74 batters which is an average of 5.66 batters over the minimum per game. His ERA in these starts is 2.45 and his K/BB rate is 16/7. Opponents are hitting just .188 off of him and 64% of his 272 pitches are thrown for strikes. Not a bad start for a pitcher who is currently 1-2.
In his three starts, the A’s have only given him 2.33 runs per game in support although his lone win happens to come on the game where he is given the least run support (1).
In other news, Josh Reddick‘s hitting streak ends at 12 as he wasn’t able to get a hit, or on base, for the game. This is only the fifth game of the season that Reddick hasn’t made it on to the base path. He’s either hit or walked in 76% of the games he’s played in. And, but, also, he’s only struck out 5 times in his first 21 games. In 2014, his first 21 games featured 21 K’s so he’s adjusted his 162 projection from 162 in 2014 to 39 in 2015. It’s unlikely that that will be his ultimate number but it’s a much stronger start to the season.
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Coco Crisp is expected to join the lineup for the first time in 2015 in time for tomorrow’s game which makes things a little complicated in the outfield as a roster spot must be made for Coco. Billy Burns has seven hits in his four games while Craig Gentry continues to struggle at the plate so it seems obvious to send Gentry, who has options left, down to AAA to find his swing. Susan Slusser points out, though, that Mark Canha, may also be in the mix with Coco’s return which lead many to speculate on what the ideal lineup would be with Fuld also in the mix. As of this writing, it’s unclear what the move will be officially.
Final note: this victory marked the first 1-run game the A’s have won in the 2015 season.