Too Many Mental Mistakes Cost Oakland in The First Two Innings

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 04:  Starting pitcher Brett Anderson #48 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after giving up two runs in the fifth inning to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 4, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Brett Anderson so far tonight has been tagged for six runs in less than an inning of work, but not all is his fault.

The first person to blame is Kurt Suzuki. This is one of the reasons why Suzuki even thought he has been tremendous defensively. He still has a lot to learn in regards to pitch selection. 

Scott Posednik led off the game with a single. So, the pitch selection that came into question is during the next at-bat with Gordon Beckham. Throughout the at-bat, it showed one thing that Beckham was concentrating and that is getting the ball to right field.

Anderson got the count to 1-2 on Beckham who had fouled off some pitches trying to take the ball to right field. So, instead of busting Beckham inside, the next pitch that comes over the plate is a fastball on the outside corner, which Beckham easily took to right field, putting runners on first and second.

Jermaine Dye came up next for the White Sox. This time, the blame goes on Anderson since he gave Dye a pitch that was too good to hit. He got the at-bat to a 2-2 count, before Dye stroked a single into right field, scoring Posednik from second base and moving Beckham to second.

Anderson's pitch for ball two was the exact same pitch that Dye hit into right field. Yes, the pitch was out of the strike zone and in most circumstances, it either isn't swung at or swung at and missed.

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This was the case with runners on first and second. As Anderson matures as a pitcher I realize he's only 21 years of age and he will put that ball in the dirt for the strike out.

Paul Konerko was the next batter and Anderson got what should have been a double play, but Adam Kennedy made a poor throw to Mark Ellis at second base, so the only out that was made was at second base.

Alex Rios then hit a sacrifice fly to add the second run of the first inning. Anderson was able to get out of the inning without giving up anymore runs.

In the second inning, the reason he gave up four more runs is beyond my knowledge.

Alexei Ramirez got on with a single. Jayson Nix made an out. Another mistake by Anderson came while facing Ramon Castro. If a pitcher is going to challenge a big league hitter with a fastball either go for the outside corner or the inside corner not down the middle of the plate because Castro belted a two-run homer to center field.

I didn't see what actually happened to score the next two runs. I was too frustrated by the mistakes made by the A's and you would think that this type of play would happen while they were on the road, but at home it's just inexcusable.

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