Game 2, Mariners 5, A's 2 (0-2)
This writeup comes a few days late, but it also comes with an evolving version of what I want to do with game writeups, a blend of objective and subjective material. First will be the box score: PAs, times on base, wRAA11, and Win Probability Added10. Any notes will be placed as footnotes on the players' names in the box score The notes will in particular discuss things like whether a hit was particularly lucky or an out particularly unlucky. I'll also note defense in that column.
For pitching, I'll show batters faced, outs obtained, pitches, strikes, strikeouts, walks, homers, and, of course, a notes column.
The rest of the day's post will be a little more free-form, covering whatever notes I might have that weren't already covered in the box.
So for the A's second game, and second loss, here we go.
Andy LaRoche also played in the game, but only appeared on defense, at shortstop, and a ball did not come his way.
This was a fine game until the ninth inning, when Brian Fuentes did what I think Brian Fuentes does a lot: not put pitches where he wants to put them. I'd love to be able to blame this loss on the absence of Andrew Bailey, but I wouldn't count on Bob Geren having used Bailey instead of Fuentes in the ninth (and it's not clear he should have, either -- he only had to get Jack Wilson and Miguel Olivo to put the top of the Mariner order in a two-out situation; it was high-leverage, but not high-difficulty).
Offensive player of the game: Daric Barton. Even though one of this doubles was cheap and would be attributed to a defensive miscue in any sensible scoring system, he earned his two other hits.
Offensive goat of the game: David DeJesus. As the number three hitter behind Crisp and Barton, he had to do more. It's not like he was robbed of hits, either.
Pitcher of the game: Brett Anderson. Changed eye levels and speeds effortlessly. Only flaw was not missing enough bats in strikeout situations, allowing the Mariners to run up his pitch count the same way they did against Trevor Cahill the night before.
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