The Oakland Athletics headed up to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Friday the 13th. Fortunately for A’s fans, the bad luck was on the side of Seattle with Oakland’s Bartolo Colon inspiring pitching on the mound at Safeco Field.
The victory moves the A’s up to second place in the standings, with a record of 4-4, while the Texas Rangers are on top of the American League West division sitting at 6-2.
The green and gold won their recent series against the Kansas City Royals, going 2-1, and another win in Seattle bodes well for bringing confidence and momentum to the young team. The right-handed pitcher shut out the Mariners by a score of 4-0 and he gave up only “three hits, walked one and retired his final 10 batters in a row.”
Colon’s calm and confident demeanor may be rubbing off on the rest of the team as reported by San Jose Mercury News writer, Joe Stiglich, a statement that appears to be correct.
Tonight the A’s face the Mariners again with Oakland’s starting pitcher Tom Milone on the mound. Milone pitched an eight-inning shut out against the tough Royals’ team last Monday night, April 9th. In that game he allowed just three hits over eight innings, proving he may be one of the best decisions the team made in the offseason, coming over in an exchange with the Washington Nationals.
In Friday night’s game, Yoenis Cespedes went 0-4, and it was the first time in eight games he didn’t reach first base. The A’s budding star could make a big splash tonight. Right-hander Hector Noesi will be on the mound for Seattle. In his debut against the Texas Rangers he allowed a career-high seven runs over three-plus innings. With the power of Cespedes behind the bat, will we see the Cuban defector hit his fourth home run in nine games?
While it’s still quite early in the 2012 season, things may not turn out to be quite as bad as some had predicted for the A’s this year. In fact, it may turn out that the green and gold turn out to be the big surprise of the season. As fans, we have to have hope, and I’m seeing quite a bit of potential out there on the field.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, following the Oakland Athletics since the days of Billy Ball, and attending hundreds of games over the past three decades. Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter, Twitter @kcdermody, or www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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