McCarthy backed up with run support today
Well, what do you know? The Oakland A's are able to score some runs. Scoring more than four runs for the first time since May 20th, the A's used a four-run fifth inning and a three-run eighth inning to snap their nine-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory over Kansas City. The A's had 10 hits for only the third time since May 17th.
Brandon McCarthy got his fourth win of the season in his return from the disabled list. He scattered eight hits and two walks over six innings, allowing two runs. The big hit was provided by Josh Reddick in the fifth when his two-run triple extended the A's lead from one run to three at 4-1.
Jemile Weeks had a triple, single and two walks in his four at-bats before leaving the game with an injury to his left hand. Yoenis Cespedes added three hits and an RBI.
Good: The A's offense. Hey, I really do not care how and why the A's scored. Yeah, the Royals committed three errors. But big two-out hitting scored the majority of the runs today.
Reddick and Cespedes hit a triple and single in the fifth, respectively. Then Kila Ka'aihue followed with a big hit for another RBI.
This is kind of clutch hitting that has been sorely missed all season long. It's good to see it today, let's just hope it is not a one-game thing.
Bad: It is hard to pick at nits in a situation like this, but Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington went a combined 0-for-8 (though Crisp did manage a walk in the ninth inning). They are hitting .167 and .192, respectively. You just can not win with two of your regulars contributing nothing at the plate.
Ugly: N/A. Not today. Just good to see a W instead of a 10th straight L.
Now 23-30, the A's will try to win a series for the first time in more than two weeks Sunday afternoon when Tom Milone faces Royals pitcher Vin Mazzaro. First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 a.m.