Pittsburgh Pirates (24-33) v. Oakland Athletics (35-24)
Time: 1:05 P.S.T.
Date: June 12, 2004
Place: Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, Ca.
There were a few fireworks between the A's and Pirates during the series opener last evening, as five batters were hit and both sides were warned by the umpires. Cooler heads prevailed, however, and no one was thrown out of the game. The A's were only able to scratch out a few hits and one run through six innings off of the Pirates' enigmatic ace Kris Benson, but got to him in the 7th inning to the tune of three runs. The A's added two more runs in the 8th inning to extend their streak of games with more then 5 runs a game to five. Tim Hudson struggled with his command, but managed to limit the Pirates to one run and five hits over seven innings to grab his 7th win on the campaign. The A's will look to win their 7th straight home series and 9th series at home overall this season with a victory over the Pirates this afternoon.
Pittsburgh: Ryan Vogelsong, (1-6, 7.53 ERA)
Oakland: Mark Redman, (4-3, 3.92 ERA)
Pittsburgh sends former Giants' farmhand Ryan Vogelsong to the mound to face the swinging A's. Vogelsong, a righty, has had a rough season, but is coming off of a strong start against the Chicago Cubs where he limited the Northsiders to two runs and four hits over six innings. He still received the loss, however. Righties and lefties have hit Vogelsong at a .300 or better clip this season. He has had equal difficulty at home and on the road, as hitters have gotten to him for a +.900 OPS in every stadium he has pitched in. Vogelsong has good stuff, illustrated by his 8.02 K/9 ratio. However, he has had trouble with his control, walking 30 in 55 innings. He has also yielded 11 homeruns in 11 starts.
Oakland sends their fifth starter Mark Redman to the hill. Redman had a strange start in his last outing, breezing through four innings before walking 4 in the fifth and yielding three runs. He ended up getting the win in that start, as Justin Duchscherer held the Blue Jays scoreless over the next three innings. The A's opened the game up with four more runs in the 7th for an 8-3 victory. Redman was strong in his previous start, going 6 innings against the White Sox, limiting the strong hitting Southsiders to one run. Redman has had more success against righthanders (.284 BAA) then lefties (.356 BAA) and has had a rougher time during the day (4.91 ERA) then at night (3.54 ERA). He has also found more success on the road (3.15 ERA) then at home (4.73 ERA). However, Redman has pitched much better in the month of June, posting a 3.27 ERA.
Game Preview: A's v. Pirates - June 12, 2004
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