Game 10 + Minors Rewind: Gray Area

??????????== Another shut-down of the offense ==

Note: Due to internet issues and multiple family obligations, this post didn’t make it up in a timely manner, but I’ll post it anyway “for the record.”

Hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com box score here.

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So what’s this deal with other teams having good young pitchers?

No fair.

Just as Garrett Richards of the Angles did to Roenis Elias the other night, Sonny Gray of the A’s left Erasmo Ramirez with no margin of error.

And, again, it was the Mariner starter who couldn’t quite make it through without a costly mistake.

E-RAM had his “personal catcher” — John Buck — and his 92-82 “whipsaw” game (fastball and change) was back in business aft after a bit of velocity dip in his last outing.

Brooks reports he induced 12 swing-and-misses (6 with the fastball and 5 with the change, plus one on a slider), whereas b-ref indicates he only had 10.  I don’t know who’s right, but either is a high total: he was keeping the A’s guessing.

But Erasmo clearly lacked command, as he required 94 pitches to make it through just 5.0 IP, and that’s the other crucial element of his game.

And the costly mistake: a slider left up in the zone to Josh Donaldson — video here — who crushed it for a two-run shot that put the A’s in the lead in the 1st, which they never relinquished.

Even so, some offensive help might have bailed out e-RAM, but Gray kept him from getting any.

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We predicted good things from Dominic Leone and said we’d have to hope that Joe Beimel got lucky.

Well, they both have 0.00 ERAs.  And while Leone brought his mid-90s fastball and low-90s cutter that got our attention, he threw a laborious 44 pitches to get through just eight batters.  But make it through he did.

Is Beimel a different animal from the guy who was pretty mediocre for many years and took all of 2012 and much of 2013 off?

Well, Brooks says the f/x data show that he’s added a slider and is less dependent on the curve.  Whatever it is, it’s been working so far, since he hasn’t given up an extra-base hit in five outings.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  •  Tacoma got a pile of hits in its 9-7 win in Albuquerque.  Cole Gillespie led the way with a home run, a double and a single.  Our man Ji-Man Choi had a single and three walks.
  • Ketel Marte, not known for extra-base hits, had a pair of doubles for AA Jackson in a loss.
  • High Desert managed only four hits (all singles) and one unearned run in its loss.
  • Low-A Clinton took it to the 11th before falling to Fort Wayne.  Lefty Jake Zokan went 5.0 IP with five strikeouts but ended up with the no-decision.
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