Who is This Team and You Can Keep the Old One!

Everything is Clicking:  Wow!  6 wins in a row!  Everything appears to be  working well:  terrific starting pitching, great bullpen, the bats have heated up, and sterling plays in the field abound.  This is exciting stuff and makes me want to go out to the Coliseum to see a game.  I’ll have to wait until Tuesday.

Mazarro is Magic Again:  Vin Mazarro pitched 7.1 shutout innings in today’s game against the Orioles.  He looked like veteran pitcher on the bump today: 
Mazarro and Cabrera 6-7-09.jpg His fastball was in the mid-90’s, he painted the corners, and batters looked foolish.  In short, he was awesome.  After giving up a hit in the top of the 7th inning, Geren came out the mound and asked for the ball.  As he walked into the dugout, all 17,208 fans were on their feet cheering wildly.  “When I got off the field, I had goose bumps,” Mazarro said.  “That was the longest walk off the field.”  He now has pitched 13.2 innings of scoreless inning in his short major league career.

The Bats Cool Off:  The A’s only managed 2 hits in the game today, but scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first on a hit, 4 walks, a hit batsman and a sacrifice.  That was all they needed as Mazarro and the bullpen (Michael Wuertz, Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey) kept the O’s scoreless.  Hopefully, the guys will find their strokes and get the hits they need tomorrow.

The A’s Have a Closer:  Even thought Manager Bob Geren won’t call him so, Andrew Bailey is the A’s closer.  He throws wicked mid-90’s fastballs, paints the black, and hitters look silly either swinging wildly or slumping as they watch the ball cross the plate with their bat still on their shoulders.  Andrew pitched his way onto the A’s at Spring Training, completely bypassed triple-A.  By the way, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson also skipped triple-A.  If Bailey continues to dominate, he could be named pitcher of the week before too long.

Yankees-Giants Game Today: No, it wasn’t an MLB Interleague game.  It was the championship game of the San Ramon Double-A Little League.  Our neighbors son, Jack Holt, plays for the winning Mighty Yankees, and his parents invited us to cheer him on.  It was wonderful to experience the young end of the baseball spectrum, and see these boys demonstrate the nuances of the game, play their hearts out, and show moments of brilliance at the plate and in the field.   So support your local little league.  That’s where the future major leaguers will come from.  It’s fun to watch. 

2 comments

  1. sandy.m.olsen@gmail.com

    Just when I was beginning to think this season was going to be harder to watch than last year, the A’s started playing better. I have been gone for a week, and couldn’t keep up with the details of the games, so thanks for hitting the highlights! A friend (?) said I should not have come home while they are on a winning streak, but I missed my own bed and my cat! Yes, Little League is very fun. My grandson plays and I go to as many of his games as possible. I think he is going to be on a traveling team this summer, which will be fun.
    Sandy

  2. juliasrants

    WOW! What a crazy first inning the A’s had! And you have to love little league! In Wrentham, Massachusetts, the Little League just set a new Guinness World Record for the longest game – 36 hours! They raised almost $75,000 for charity.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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