Foiled again by a lack of hits on relatively unknown arms, the Rox 2015 visit to the Black Hole ended quietly with a 4-1 loss. In 3 days, the Rox fell to Kendall Graverman (the centerpiece to the Josh Donaldson deal to Toronto), avoided Sonny Gray who opted for a short hospital stay with gastroenteritis, needed a huge stop from DLR to overcome Chris Bassitt, and were basically silenced by Jesse Hahn. 17 hits and 4 runs over a 3 game span is a bad formula for winning, and it’s amazing they came out with one victory against the As.
Chad Bettis did his part, 5.2 IP, 7 hits, and 3 runs – mostly due to the Burns and Butler show with some help from Ben Zobrist. The carnage of the John Axford emergency combined with Christian Bergman shoulder fatigue has upset an already messed up rhythm in the pen, but Christian Friedrich and Justin Miller held their ground pretty well. The As basically spit in our face to boot, running out Drew Pomeranz in a hold role.
I’m hearing what grinders Descalso and Ynoa are, and yet I’m seeing both hover precariously near the Mendoza line. The news of the day may have been Nolan Arenado, not only contained during a day road game, but held hitless breaking his streak at 17 games – except if you count Tom Hallion, who hopefully is OK. At least Dan Plesac is on the #VoteNolan bandwagon now. And, Tulo got his beautyrest, so he should be good to go in Arizona.
The Rox continue to sit just over the bad-enough-to-not-be-good line. When they run into solid pitching – and Oakland is super deep – it’s usually a sign of a long day ahead. Kinda makes you wonder what they’re not doing with the analytics the front office is sending down … wait, that’s another team we’ll see shortly.