Davis and Hannahan? Our Up-and Coming Heroes

Yesterday’s Game Against the Twins:  Trevor Cahill pitched well initially, but in the top of the 4th inning  got into some trouble and gave up a 3-run homer to Joe Crede.  Oh, no, not again, must have been going through the fans minds. Not another long losing streak, please? Thankfully, after that Cahill pitched 3 more scoreless innings.  Meanwhile, Twins’ starter, Nick Blackburn, completely befuddled the A’s for the first 7 innings, allowing no one past 2nd base. 

Jack Hannahan and Adam Kennedy Man Up: In the bottom of the 8th inning, Jack Hannahan, batting in the 9 hole, led off with a triple (has he finally solved the riddle of hitting?)   He scored when Orlando Cabrera stroked a single to center field, making the score 3-1 Twins.  Then Nick Blackburn left a pitch up in the middle of the strike zone and Adam Kennedy sent the gift over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3.  Brad Ziegler, who had pitched the top of the 8th inning, worked a 3-up, 3-down 9th, keeping the game tied. 

Things Start Going the A’s Way:  In the bottom of the 9th, Jason Giambi led off with a walk, and was replaced by the speedy Chris Denorfia.  Suzuki tried to bunt Denorfia to 2nd base but was unsuccessful in 2 attempts.  Then Twins relief pitcher, Matt Guerrier, hit Suzuki, which accomplished the same result.  Daric Barton laid down a nifty bunt in front of home plate and  the runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd. Now, there were 2 on and 1 out. 

Rajai’s First Walk-Off Hit:  Manager Bob Geren had told  Rajai Davis in the dugout before he went out to the on-deck circle, “You’re gonna win the game.”  After Barton was thrown out at first after his great bunt, Raj stepped into the batters box.  Raj Davis' Walk-Off Single - 6-1-09.jpgHe dumped the first pitch he saw into right field for a walk-off single, scoring Denorfia and giving the A’s a 4-3 victory and a split of the series at 2 games apiece.  That shut down the losing streak at 2 games.

The Battle of the Young Guns:  Tonight the A’s move across the Bay to begin a 3-city interleague road trip.  The pitching matchup for the first game is stellar:  Tim Lincecum (5-1. 2.96 ERA, Opp. BA .235, WHIP 1.211) is going against Vin Mazzaro (2-0, 0.00 ERA, OBA .170, WHIP .923).  For those of you who are not familiar with the WHIP statistic, it stands for Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched.  It’s a truer measure of a pitcher’s effectiveness than ERA.  In all those categories, Mazzaro has the better stats, but he’s only pitched 2 games in the Major Leagues.  It should be fun to watch.



  1. contractyear

    Man, you’re fast! I hope Geren tries! Only 67 minutes to game time. Let’s roll!! Thanks for commenting. Bee

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