Game Preview: A's vs. Mariners - July 27, 2004

The A's hope to keep their bats hot and their batting-eyes sharp against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. After struggling to score last week, the A's have put 6, 7 and 14 runs on the board over the past three games. Mark Redman squares off against Ryan Franklin in a rematch of last Thursday's Seattle win.

Seattle Mariners (38-60), L-1 v. Oakland Athletics (54-44), W-3

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Time: 7:05 P.S.T.
Place: Network Associates Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Preview: The A's hope they saved some runs for tonight as they try for their fourth straight victory after winning the series opener, 14-5. Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Oakland started receiving numerous free passes by rookie Travis Blackley and executed in turning those walks into runs. Overall, the A's received 14 walks in total and 9 of those came courtesy of Blackley. Eric Byrnes had a big night offensively as he went 3 for 3 with two walks and four RBI, and the red-hot Mark Kotsay went 2 for 4 with one walk, two runs, and two RBI. The A's improved to 34-15 at home which is second to only the New York Yankees and remained 2.5 games behind Texas and 0.5 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Pitching Match-up:

Seattle – Ryan Franklin, RHP (3-8, 5.20 ERA)
Oakland – Mark Redman, LHP (6-8, 4.76 ERA)

Comments:

Ryan Franklin: The A's have faced Franklin three times already this season, and he has yet to receive a decision. The Mariners are 2-1 in his three starts against Oakland, and have won the last two meetings. Franklin has only given up three runs in his last two starts against the A's, including a 7-inning, two-run performance in his last outing. He is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA lifetime against the A's and Oakland is hitting .239 against him.

Mark Redman: Although Redman is 0-5 lifetime against Seattle, he has pitched relatively well against the Mariners this year. The A's are 1-2 in his three starts against Seattle, but he has only given up five earned runs in 22 innings against them. Despite the A's impressive record at home, Redman has been awful in Oakland as he has posted a 6.06 ERA in nine starts compared to his 3.80 ERA on the road in ten starts. This will be his last start in the month of July where Redman is 0-4 with a 7.61 ERA in four starts.

Batter v. Pitcher Matchups:

Redman v.:
Bloomquist, W – 2 for 5 (.400) – 1 2B, 1 K
Boone, B – 3 for 16 (.188) – 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Cabrera, J – 2 for 15 (.133) – 2 2B, 1 RBI
Ibanez, R – 3 for 10 (.300) – 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 K
Jacobsen, B – 0 for 3 – 1 K
Martinez, E – 6 for 19 (.316) – 2 2B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 3 GIDP
Spiezio, S – 6 for 17 (.353) – 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K
Suzuki, I – 6 for 18 (.333) – 2 RBI
Wilson, D – 3 for 18 (.167) – 1 RBI, 3 K
Winn, R – 3 for 12 (.250) – 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Franklin v.:
Crosby, B – 3 for 7 (.429) – 1 HR, 2 RBI
Durazo, E – 4 for 22 (.182) – 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Kotsay, M – 4 for 18 (.222) – 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 K
Miller, D – 2 for 5 (.400) – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Byrnes, E – 1 for 9 (.111) – 1 2B, 2 K
Chavez, E – 9 for 25 (.360) – 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K
Dye, J – 1 for 17 (.059) – 3 BB, 6 K
Hatteberg, S – 5 for 19 (.263) – 1 3B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 1 CS
Kielty, B – 3 for 15 (.200) – 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K
Scutaro, M – 2 for 5 (.400) – 2 2B, 2 RBI

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