View Full Version : Athletics(51-47) vs Rays(57-40) 7/21-723

07-20-2008, 05:41 PM



A's: First-inning struggles continued for Eveland in his last start against the Angels. He pitched well in 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs in the first inning, on five hits with five strikeouts, but he also walked five. It was the third straight outing in which Eveland had trouble in the opening frame, but after the game he said toning it down to about 80 percent may be the solution to his early-inning woes. He pitched his first career complete game in his only start against Tampa Bay earlier in the year, giving up a lone run on just three hits while walking one and fanning five in the win.

Rays: Kazmir will be making his first appearance since his one-inning relief stint for the American League in the 15th inning of the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. In the outing, Kazmir walked one and struck out one, earning the win.


A's: With Joe Blanton traded to the Phillies, Braden gets a spot in the starting rotation. He threw one inning Friday in Oakland's loss to the Yankees, allowing a solo home run to Alex Rodriguez. Before then, he had appeared in only one game -- on July 11 -- since being called up July 8. Braden has pitched in nine games this season, owning a 4.80 ERA over 15 innings with 16 hits and eight earned runs. Manager Bob Geren said Braden's added some velocity on his fastball since last year, when he started 14 games and had a 6.72 ERA combined with six relief appearances.

Rays: Sonnanstine got clipped for his fourth loss of the season on July 10 against the Indians when he allowed six runs on nine hits and three home runs. The right-hander is a master of deception employing an array of pitches that he can throw from all different angles. But he has learned to primarily use his fastball to setup the other pitches. If the Rays followed in rotation after the All-Star Break, he would start this game, but it's likely the Rays will reset the rotation after the four-day break. Sonnanstine is 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.


A's: Smith struggled Friday night against the Yankees and exited after just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits in the shortened outing. He fell into long at-bats to contribute to the high pitch count. The lefty threw 62 pitches through the first three innings. Smith walked five and struck out just one in the game. He is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA against the Rays.

Rays: Shields continued his home dominance on Friday night, notching his eighth win this season, six of which have been at Tropicana Field. The 26-year-old right-hander tossed seven innings of one-run baseball -- allowing only a solo homer to Toronto's Adam Lind -- in the four-strikeout performance. Shields' best pitch has always been his changeup, but he also has a plus fastball and curve and he's added a cutter that has helped him throw inside to left-handers. He will be making his first start of the season against Oakland, a team he has traditionally fared well against. In four career starts, Shields is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA.

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07-21-2008, 07:59 PM
OAK LH D. Eveland 113.1 3.49 110 5.88 4.45 1.32 0.32 .677 1.40 1.60 15.82
RAYS LH S. Kazmir 83.0 3.04 136 9.87 3.36 2.94 0.87 .662 1.17 0.65 17.48

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0-0 after top of the 3rd inning.

07-21-2008, 11:29 PM
Good win today. It nice we shout the A's off after they see got swept by the Yankees.

Scott Kazmir didn't allow a run in seven innings as the Rays shutout the Athletics on Monday night.
Kazmir combined with Grant Balfour and J.P. Howell on the two-hitter. He walked four, but he struck out nine while lowering his ERA to 2.80 on the season. Clearly pitching during the All-Star game doesn't seem to have negatively impacted him.

Evan Longoria went 2-for-5 with a solo homer as the Rays beat the Athletics on Monday night.
Longoria, who was back at third base, also had an RBI single in the victory. Longoria is now hitting .274 with 19 homers in 321 at-bats. His big contract certainly looks justified thus far. Willy Aybar hit a solo homer of his own.

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07-22-2008, 06:33 PM
OAK LH D. Braden 15.0 4.80 80 7.20 4.80 1.50 0.60 .804 1.60 0.67 16.73
RAYS RH A. Sonnanst 114.0 4.58 90 5.45 1.58 3.45 0.87 .790 1.37 1.10 15.10

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07-23-2008, 12:04 AM
Tough loss. Let's hope we take the robber game of the series.