Game Preview: A's vs. Angels - July 1, 2004

The A's bullpen out-pitched the Angels' bullpen for the second straight night, as they pulled out a 4-2 victory over their division rivals. They go for the series sweep today in Oakland.

Anaheim Angels (41-36) L-3 v. Oakland Athletics (43-33) W-2

Date: July 1, 2004
Time: 12:35 P.S.T.
Place: Network Associates Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Preview: The A's look for the sweep this afternoon as they send 25-year old Kirk Saarloos to the mound to take on Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn. Oakland has won the first two games of this series by handing close ballgames over to their bullpen and coming through with two-out, late-inning clutch hits to set up the newly acquired closer, Octavio Dotel. Wednesday's starter Barry Zito was impressive as he made only one mistake to Adam Kennedy, allowing just his two-run homerun over seven strong innings. That was all the offense that the Angels could muster as Ricardo Rincon, Chad Bradford, and Dotel combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth inning, the offensive hero shifted across the infield from Bobby Crosby to Marco Scutaro as he blooped a two-out single down the right field line to give Oakland a 4-2 lead.

The A's have won four straight games against Anaheim to even up the season series 6-6. These two teams won't meet again until September 24th after today's contest and finish up the season with a three games series from October 1st – 3rd in Oakland. After tomorrow's day game, the A's will have a relaxing Thursday night / Friday afternoon to get ready for their final interleague series against the San Francisco Giants this weekend.

Pitching Match-up:

Anaheim – Jarrod Washburn, LHP (8-3, 4.76 ERA)
Oakland – Kirk Saarloos, RHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA)


Jarrod Washburn: Today's game will be the 21st start for Washburn against the A's as he has done pretty well against Oakland going 7-8 with a 3.60 ERA throughout his career. He won his last start against the A's by pitching 5 innings and giving up 2 runs in a 12-2 win on April 23rd. Washburn is 1-0 in his last 3 starts and is coming off of a gem against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he pitched 7 shutout innings while allowing only 3 hits to pick up his first win since May 15th. In his start previous to the one against the Dodgers, Washburn had to leave the game after the second inning due to lower back spasms.

Kirk Saarloos: Saarloos was acquired by the A's earlier this year in a trade with the Houston Astros for Chad Harville. In four starts with the Triple-A Rivercats, he went 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA and in one relief appearance with the A's he went 1.2 innings and gave up one run on two singles against San Francisco. He was drafted in the third round by the Astros out of Cal State Fullerton in 2001 and in 2002 he started 17 games for Houston posting a 6-7 record with a 6.01 ERA. In 2003, he appeared in 36 games and started 4 while compiling a 2-1 record with a 4.93 ERA in 49.1 innings.

Pitcher-Batter Match-up:

Saarloos vs.:
Guerrero, V – 2 for 3 – 1 2B, 1 K
Guillen, J – 1 for 2

Washburn vs.:
Byrnes, E – 5 for 22 (.227) – 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K
Durazo, E – 5 for 19 (.263) – 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K
Dye, J – 12 for 27 (.444) – 3 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Hatteberg, S – 2 for 12 (.167) – 3 BB, 1 K
Karros, E – 7 for 17 (.412) – 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Kotsay, M – 0 for 4
McLemore, M – 2 for 8
Miller, Damian – 3 for 8 (.375)
Crosby, B – 0 for 2 – 1 K
Scutaro, M – 2 for 3 – 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

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