Game Preview: A's vs. Mariners - July 26, 2004

Coming off two strong wins against first place Texas, the A's look to extend their winning streak tonight, as they take on Seattle. The A's will play Seattle three times before heading on a roadtrip that begins in Arlington, TX.

Seattle Mariners (38-59), W-1 v. Oakland Athletics (53-44), W-2

Date: Monday, July 26, 2004
Time: 7:05 P.S.T.
Place: Network Associates Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Preview: The A's look for revenge tonight as they take on the Mariners in a rematch of last week's two-game sweep by Seattle. Tonight will once again match Barry Zito up with Travis Blackley, but Oakland is hoping that playing at home will help their luck. Last Wednesday, Zito got knocked out of the game early after allowing five runs in five innings. The A's fought back to tie it 5-5 on Scott Hatteberg's two-run homerun in the eighth inning. Blackley had one of his better starts of the year as he gave up three runs in five innings to help Seattle win the game 6-5 on Bucky Jacobsen's walk-off homerun.

Pitching Match-up:

Seattle – Travis Blackley, LHP (1-2, 9.68 ERA)
Oakland – Barry Zito, LHP (5-7, 4.61 ERA)

Comments:

Travis Blackley: Blackley was able to limit the damage in his last start against the A's, as he was removed after five innings of work, leading 5-3. All three of those runs came on solo homeruns. The A's will need to have runners on base in front of the homerun tonight to maximize their opportunities. Blackley allowed five hits in total and walked three batters, but was repeatedly able to get out of major jams while throwing 93 pitches. The A's recorded 13 flyball outs against him and many of those outs were hit fairly deep.

Barry Zito: Zito is looking to bounce back from his poor start in Seattle after allowing five runs in five innings on 106 pitches. He did not seem to have good control of his curveball and had to rely more on his changeup, resulting in two Seattle homeruns. He gave up a total of nine hits and walked three batters while picking up four strikeouts. Zito is now 2-4 in his last 10 starts and has kept his ERA relatively steady around the 4.50 mark during that stretch. Left-handed batters continue to rake Zito as they combine for a .340 batting average against him while right-handers are batting .266.

Batter v. Pitcher Matchups:

Zito v.:
Bloomquist, W – 5 for 14 (.357) – 1 2B, 1 K
Bocachica, H – 1 for 7 (.143) – 1 K, 1 BB
Boone, B – 9 for 32 (.281) – 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 K
Cabrera, J – 2 for 8 (.250) – 2 K
Ibanez, R – 3 for 15 (.200) – 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 K
Jacobsen, B – 0 for 2 – 1 K, 1 BB
Martinez, E – 4 for 22 (.182) – 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K
Spiezio, S – 2 for 23 (.087) – 1 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K
Suzuki, I – 14 for 38 (.368) – 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 SB
Wilson, D – 1 for 16 (.063) – 1 BB, 2 K
Winn, R – 5 for 21 (.238) – 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K

Blackley v.:
Crosby, B – 1 for 2 – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Kotsay, M – 2 for 2 – 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Miller, D – 1 for 2 – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Karros, E – 1 for 3
Byrnes, E – 0 for 3
Chavez, E – 0 for 1 – 2 BB
Dye, J – 0 for 3 – 1 K
Kielty, B – 0 for 2
Scutaro, M – 0 for 2

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