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Brett Anderson's Great Performance Overshadowed by Bobby Abreu

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJuly 20, 2009

BOSTON - JULY 06:  Starting pitcher Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Nomar Garciaparra #1 after his shutout against the Boston Red Sox on July 6, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Athletics defeated the Red Sox 6-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Whatever Brett Anderson has been doing before starts he needs to continue. Maybe it is the extra rest that has allowed Anderson to pitch the way he has recently. It is the third straight start for Anderson that he has not allowed a run.

The streak began in Boston and has continued in Oakland, with a stop in Tampa Bay. Anderson pitched a two hit shutout in Boston. The A's went onto win that game 6-0.

Anderson's next start was in Tampa Bay, but he was only able to go four innings due to back stiffness. He left the game in Tampa Bay giving up three hits, while striking out three and walking one.

His start today against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was his most impressive game he's pitched all year. It overtook the performance he had in Boston. Although, he got the victory in Boston.

Anderson was perfect through six and two thirds innings. His only blemish was a single by Bobby Abreu just through the whole between shortstop and third base. Anderson was unfazed by the single because he didn't even have to throw a pitch to get the third out of the inning.

On first movement Abreu went and Anderson threw to Jason Giambi who threw to Orlando Cabrera for the ending of the inning. He allowed a double in the next inning with two outs, but was able to strike out Brandon Wood to end the threat.

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John Lackey matched Anderson every step of the way though. Including getting out of a jam in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game was scoreless until the top of the 10th inning with one out.

Abreu was looking fastball and Andrew Bailey missed his location and Abreu unloaded with his seventh homer of the season.

Brian Fuentes came on to pitch the bottom of the 10th he got the first two outs with no problem, but Bobby Crosby reached on an infield single. Rajai Davis pinch hit and Gary Matthews Jr, made a tremendous catch in centerfield to end the game.

Anderson's gem was wasted, but Anderson extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings. At the start of the scoreless streak Andereson had an ERA of 5.45, he has since dropped it down to 4.25 with the streak still going.

What makes Anderson so tough is that he's got an excellent offspeed pitch, a nasty changeup, and he throws his fastball anywhere between 93-97 miles-per-hour.

Going further though Anderson has been impressive in his last five starts. In his last five starts he's given up just four runs in 32 innings, he hasn't allowed a home run, he's struck out 28 while walking just eight, has an ERA of 1.13, and has gone 2-0 in those five starts with three no decisions which includes today's game.

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