Game Preview: A's vs. Mariners - July 22, 2004

The A's aim to bounce back after a tough extra-inning loss to the Seattle Mariners. The A's are looking to get a long outing from Mark Redman, as the bullpen has been taxed by two straight extra-inning games and two short outings by starters Barry Zito on Wednesday and Kirk Saarloos on Monday.

Oakland Athletics (51-42), L-1 v. Seattle Mariners (36-57), W-1

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2004
Time: 7:05 P.S.T.
Place: Safeco Field – Seattle, WA

Preview: The A's will try to salvage a split tonight as they look to bounce back from a tough 6-5 loss. With runners on second and third and only one out in th 10th inning of last night's game, Bobby Kielty scorched a line drive that looked to be a sure base hit only watch the ball find the glove of third baseman Justin Leone for a quick double play. One pitch later, Bucky Jacobsen was rounding the bases after handing Oakland an all too familiar loss on the road. The A's just cannot seem to catch any breaks away from home and it was all too evident in that two-pitch span. Oakland's record on the road now sits at 20-28 and the loss dropped them 3.5 games behind Texas in the AL West.

Pitching Match-up:

Oakland – Mark Redman, LHP (6-7, 4.95 ERA)
Seattle – Ryan Franklin, RHP (3-8, 5.32 ERA)

Comments:

Ryan Franklin: Franklin has not won a game since June 5th, a streak spanning seven starts. In those last seven starts, he is 0-4 with his ERA jumping over a full point from 4.13 to 5.32. His ERA has risen in each of his last five starts and he has averaged a little over 5.1 innings pitched during that time. A positive note for Franklin is that he has pitched well against the A's and at home this year. He is 3-1 with a 3.93 ERA lifetime against Oakland and also owns a 3.57 ERA at home this year. Earlier this season, Franklin pitched seven strong innings against the A's and only allowed one run on three hits in a 2-1 win. In a game before that, he allowed four runs to Oakland in five innings on eight hits in a 8-6 loss.

Mark Redman: As much as Ryan Franklin has struggled lately, so has Redman. He has lost four consecutive decisions and has given up eleven homeruns in that span. Up until his last four outings, Redman had only allowed eight homeruns in his previous fourteen starts. His ERA has jumped from 3.83 to 4.95 in just those last four starts including a three-homer, five-run outing in his last appearance against the White Sox. Redman's sudden struggles seemed to come out of nowhere as he was 3-0 in his previous four starts before this current losing streak. He had even been looked to as a stopper for the A's up to that point as Oakland had won five games in a row that he had started before his current struggles. Redman is 0-4 with a 5.03 ERA lifetime against Seattle in seven starts, but has pitched well against them this year as he has allowed only three runs in fourteen innings of work.

Batter v. Pitcher Matchups:

Redman v.:
Bloomquist, W – 1 for 2 – 1 2B
Boone, B – 1 for 13 (.077) – 2 K
Cabrera, J – 2 for 15 (.133) – 2 2B, 1 RBI
Ibanez, R – 2 for 6 (.333) – 1 HR, 2 RBI
Martinez, E – 5 for 16 (.313) – 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB
Spiezio, S – 6 for 14 (.429) – 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K
Suzuki, I – 5 for 14 (.357) – 2 RBI
Wilson, D – 3 for 15 (.200) – 1 RBI, 2 K
Winn, R – 2 for 9 (.222) – 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Franklin v.:
Chavez, E – 8 for 22 (.364) – 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB
Durazo, E – 3 for 19 (.158) – 1 HR, 2 RBI
Dye, J – 1 for 17 (.059) – 6 K
Hatteberg, S – 4 for 16 (.250) – 1 3B, 4 RBI, 5 BB
Kotsay, M – 4 for 15 (.267) – 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 K
Kielty, B – 3 for 13 (.231) – 1 2B, 1 RBI
Byrnes, E – 1 for 7 (.143) – 1 2B, 1 K
Crosby, B – 0 for 4 – 1 K
Karros, E – 0 for 3
Melhuse, A – 0 for 2
Scutaro, M – 2 for 5 (.400) – 2 2B, 2 RBI
Miller, D – 2 for 5 (.400) – 1 HR, 1 RBI

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