Instant Replay: Wilson baffles struggling A's lineup

Instant Replay: Wilson baffles struggling A's lineup
July 20, 2013, 7:45 pm
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At one point C.J. Wilson retired 18 consecutive A's hitters, as Oakland fell 2-0 to the Angels. (USA TODAY IMAGES)


ANAHEIM -- The A's were without Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and his sore left wrist for the second consecutive night and it showed.

Oakland's bats were shut down by Los Angeles Angels starter C.J. Wilson as the A's could muster only three hits in 8 1/3 innings off him. The Angels won for the second night in a row, this time shutting out the A's, 2-0. Friday night, the Angels won, 4-1.

In two post-All-Star-break games, the A's have scored one run with 10 hits in 18 innings.

Oakland's record in games not started by Cespedes this season fell to 7-12, as opposed to 49-29 when he is in the starting lineup

Still, the A's (56-41) were in position to maintain a two-game lead over Texas in the American League West as the Rangers lost big to Baltimore. The Angels, though, pulled to within nine games of the A's.

Starting pitching report
Rookie Dan Straily was called up from triple-A Sacramento to make Saturday's start. That was not a surprise. Neither was how solid he was on the mound. 

The right-hander took the loss to fall to 6-3, but he only allowed two runs and did not walk a batter while striking out four and scattering eight hits. Straily hit a batter, Mike Trout, and he came around to score the game's first run. Straily threw 97 pitches, 71 strikes.

Bullpen report
Lefty Sean Doolittle worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning, getting fly outs to center from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton before striking out Howie Kendrick.

At the plate
Entering the ninth inning, the A's had but two hits, a first-inning double by Jed Lowrie and a second-inning single by Nate Freiman. In fact, it was after Freiman's hit that C.J. Wilson began his streak of retiring 18 consecutive A's batters, which ended when the lefty walked Derek Norris to open the eighth.

Rookie Grant Green's offensive struggles continued as he went 0-for-3, moving to 0-for-12 with six strikeouts since making his big league debut on July 8. Lowrie singled to open the ninth.

In the field
His bat may be a tad sick, but second baseman Grant Green's glove was healthy as he deftly fielded Mark Trumbo's smoked one-hopper in the sixth before back-handing the ball to shortstop Jed Lowrie to start an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.

The Angels announced a crowd of 43,572, their second consecutive sellout and fifth of the season. And they had a lot of fun -- a LOT of fun -- doing the wave.

Tweet of the game
beane may need to make a trade during this game given the offensive woes of this team -- @raiderjmb

Up next
Bartolo Colon (12-3, 2.70 ERA) will start for the first time in a week. The All-Star selection was ineligible to pitch in the Midsummer Classic because he started the Sunday before the game. Colon has yet to face the Angels this season, and he is 10-6 with a 3.38 ERA against them in 21 career appearances, all starts. Jerome Williams (5-5, 4.60) will start for the Angels. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 11 career appearances, seven starts, against the A's.

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