Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 4, A's 0

Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 4, A's 0
August 7, 2012, 4:41 am
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OAKLAND -- Jered Weaver has collected a win in his last nine starts. His latest victim - the Oakland A's. Weaver's winning streak is the second longest in Major League Baseball this season (R.A. Dickey, 11). The Angels ace tormented the A's bats over nine innings of shutout ball.With the A's 4-0 loss they are now in third place in the American League West and they don't hold either of the two A.L. Wild Card spots.At the PlateThe A's couldn't muster any offense against Weaver. He faced the minimum twelve hitters through the first four innings striking out nine.Coco Crisp did a good job battling Weaver in a 10-pitch at-bat. Weaver finally got Crisp to ground out to shortstop Eric Aybar after Crisp wasted about an inning worth of Weaver's bullets.Brandon Inge collected half of the A's hits against Weaver. He hit a single in the third inning and smacked Oakland's only extra-base hit of the evening. Derek Norris was the only non-Brandon to collect a hit off Weaver, as Brandon Moss hit a single in the fifth.Starting Pitching ReportJarrod Parker started the game by plunking Mike Trout who stole second base and promptly advanced to third on a fly out. The A's dodged a bullet though when Albert Pujols hit a one-hopper straight to Brandon Inge who caught Trout in a rundown between third and home.In the second inning Kendry Morales led off with a double off the high portion of the right field wall. Josh (Spider-man) Reddick attempted to scale the wall to make the catch but just missed it. Parker retired the next two hitters, getting the inning's second out on a perfect slider to strike out Howie Kendrick swinging. The next three batters hit two-out singles though, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead.Parker really settled down over the next four innings facing one batter over the minimum. He got in trouble again in the seventh inning after allowing back-to-back singles, after which he was able to get Trout to ground out, but both runners moved over on the play. With two outs he faced Torii Hunter in what would be the biggest at-bat of the game. Hunter singled up the middle on a 1-2 slider that was left up in the zone, the hit drove in both runners making the score 4-0. That would end Parker's night.Parker ended up with four earned runs over six and one-third innings pitched. He allowed nine hits and walked one batter, striking out six Angels.Fresh off a trip to the disabled list Erick Aybar went 3 for 3 against Parker.Bullpen ReportPat Neshek entered in relief of Parker with two outs in the seventh. He skimmed Albert Pujols' jersey on an inside pitch giving him a free trip to first base. The righty with the funky delivery then struck out Mark Trumbo swinging to end the seventh inning.Pedro Figueroa tossed two scoreless innings. He struck out two batters and only allowed one hit.In the FieldTrout hit a ball into the right field gap that Reddick fielded before firing the ball to second base. Trout attempted to stretch his single into a double and was out at second by a fingertip as Sogard's glove skimmed across the top of Trout's fingers on the swipe tag. Trout was livid after the play. Mike Scoscia had to separate his young player and second base umpire Bill Miller.Reddick's 13 outfield assists now lead Major League Baseball. The last A's outfielder to have 13 assists was Matt Stairs in 1999.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 13,341.Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. Don't tell me you thought Red would win with the Angels in town.Up NextThe A's will send Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.55 ERA) to the mound. Colon will be making his 22nd start of the season. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 and two-thirds innings pitched.He will be opposed by C.J. Wilson (9-7, 3.27 ERA). Wilson hasn't won a game since June 26. That is a span of seven starts.

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