A's Insider notes: DeJesus muscles up

May 25, 2011, 6:04 am
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Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

DeJesus is DaBomb - Coming into Tuesday night's game, David DeJesus was batting a sickly .111 in his career against Dan Haren, going two for 18 with five strikeouts. So who was the guy muscling up for the Athletics against the Angels? In his first two at-bats, DeJesus crushed a pair of Haren pitches for a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth inning. It was the second multi-homer game of May for DeJesus, the second such power surge of his career. He did it against Cleveland at Overstock.com Coliseum on May 4. He also lined out hard to right field on a ball he absolutely smoked in the sixth before doubling off Trevor Bell into the right-field corner in the ninth to drive in Kurt Suzuki for his fourth RBI of the night.

Moscoso does his part - When he's been on for triple-A Sacramento, Guillermo Moscoso has been fabulous, as evidenced by his 0.32 ERA in his three wins with 32 strikeouts and five walks. But when he's been off, he's been bad. Real bad. To the tune of a 12.41 ERA in going 0-2 in three outings. So which Moscoso did the A's get in the Venezuelan right-hander's first-ever big league start? The former. He threw five scoreless innings at the Angels and gave up three hits (two were in his last inning) and three walks with three strikeouts. And according to former A's Spanish radio announcer Manolo Hernandez, Moscoso was the first Venezuelan-born pitcher to start for the A's since Pablo Torrealba on Sept. 30, 1977.Coco to the rescue - It begs the question - would Coco Crisp have made the highlight reel catch in right-center if he was still rocking the Oscar Gamble-esque afro he brought out earlier this season, what with the significant added wind drag? Crisp, who has taken to Twitter to ask fans if he should let his hair fly or keep it braided, robbed Maicer Izturis of potential extra bases and, possibly, the Angels of a run when he went vertical to snare the liner to end the fifth inning. Moscoso made sure he met Crisp coming off the field to congratulate his center fielder. And, potentially, to thank him.Fool's gold? - Yes, the six runs the A's scored represented their highest offensive output in a week, since the 14-0 drubbing of the Angels in the rain at the Coliseum on May 17. But after taking that 5-0 lead Tuesday night, the A's saw 13 straight batters retired. Until consecutive doubles by Kurt Suzuki and DeJesus to lead off the ninth.New closer - Oh, and in case you missed it, with Brian Fuentes' issues and Andrew Bailey still rehabbing his strained forearm suffered in spring training in Sacramento, A's manager Bob Geren said Grant Balfour is the closerfor now. He even started warming up in the ninth inning, when the A's had a 5-1 lead, a non-save situation, but sat back down in favor of Brad Ziegler.

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