Geren, Giambi, Cabrera, and Casilla All Play Huge Role in Loss

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJune 2, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27:  Orlando Cabrera #18 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum on May 27, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland A's in another game where you say to yourself "you've got to be kidding me" the coach and three players are responsible for not doing their jobs. Two were regular everyday players and the other was a relief pitcher.

The first player to be blamed is Jason Giambi for not doing his job at the plate. In the top of the fourth the A's could have at least gotten one run to make the game 3-2, but were not able to do. Specifically considering the fact that Holliday started the inning off with a hard hit double into the alley.

Giambi though looked pathetic at the plate again and eventually struck out leaving Holliday at second base. Kurt Suzuki then flew out softly to center field, and Ryan Sweeney ended the inning with a ground out.

Orlando Cabrera in the top of the seventh inning had a chance to give the A's at least a couple of runs. What did he do? He like Giambi struck out leaving the bases loaded.

If Cabrera and Giambi had done their jobs the A's could have at least had a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th inning.

Craig Breslow started the bottom of the 8th giving up a leadoff walk to Scot Posednik. After that Breslow was relieved by Santiago Casilla who hasn't even shown that he's been able to do anything since coming back from the injury he suffered in Texas.

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This is where Geren comes into play it was a play that would have gotten the A's two outs with Alexei Ramirez trying to bunt with two outs he hits a pop-up near the first base line with Casilla chasing after the pop-up.

Ramirez didn't even leave the batter's box all Casilla had to do was let the ball drop and would have just flipped to first base to get Ramirez and Posednik who lead off the inning with a walk would have been easily tagged out.

Instead it remained one out and Posednik on at first due to Casilla making the catch. This goes directly to Geren this is a fundamental play that is worked on by pitchers so this type of play should have never happened to begin with.

Even with that it left Posednik on at frst base, but Casilla then gave up a single to Jermaine Dye through the hole between Jack Hannahan and Cabrera. The White Sox had runners on first and second.

Jim Thome was the next batter at the plate. Casilla threw Thome an excellent pitch it was low and unhittable and Thome tried to check his swing, but he went around.

So here's the question why even give Thome a pitch to swing at if Casilla had him 1-2? That pitch should have been in the dirt, but instead it was left out over the plate and it was an easy pitch for Thome to drive out of the ballpark.

Whitesox then took the lead 5-2. Casilla was left in to face Paul Konerko but he wasn't able to get him out either he ended up walking Konerko. Kevin Cameron then came into relieve Casilla. Cameron gave up a single to AJ Pierzynski. Cameron then got Josh Fields to strikeout.

He then walked Brian Anderson to load the bases. He then walked Jayson Nix to score another run to make the score 6-2. The A's were able to get out of the inning without giving up anymore runs because Cameron got Posednik to flyout to left field.

Some other facts the A's had only two hits after the fourth inning and those were two singles one by Aaron Cunningham and the other was by Ryan Sweeney.

The A's were not able to solve Gavin Floyd except for getting the two runs in the first inning.

The A's were lucky to get the two runs becase Floyd quickly got the first two outs, Jack Cust then hit a ground ball to second but due to the shift it somehow got through because with Ramirez and Nix going after the ball there was a chance of a collision, so the two pulled up letting the ball go through.

Another question for the A's is how they were not able to handle a pitcher who came into the game with a 6.19 ERA? The A's over the past few years have done well in June, but if today was any kind of a hint on what the month is going to look like it's going to be the first losing June for the first time in seven years.  

Matt Holliday then hit a long home run giving the A's the early 2-0 lead. The White Sox were able to get a run back in the bottom of the first inning due to a leadoff walk to Posednik.

Ramirez hit a single where Adam Kennedy was after Posenik took off for second which allowed Ramirez to get the ball through the hole. Trevor Cahill allowed a sacrifice fly to Jermaine Dye, but got Jim Thome to strike out to end the threat.