Thursday, June 30, 2005

Round-Up

For Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics
............1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
SEA (33-43) 0. 0. 0. 2. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0... 2. 3. 0
OAK (37-40) 3. 1. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 1. X... 6. 9. 1

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W: Blanton (5-6) L: Franklin (3-10)
HR: SEA: A. Beltre (6) OAK: N. Swisher (9)


Comments:
-Nick Swisher's homerun was his sixth in his past 11 games.
-Bobby Kielty recorded multiple hits for the third game in a row.
-Joe Blanton allowed only 10 earned runs in 43.2 June innings (2.06 ERA).
-Justin Duchscherer worked a scoreless 9th, lowering is ERA to 1.36.

Blanton paces A's to sixth straight win
Right-hander aces Mariners to earn his fifth victory of June
CJ Bowles, MLB.com

Pitching powers A's
Blanton stretches team's winning streak to six with eight stellar innings
Susan Slusser, SF Chronicle

A'S REPORT
Kotsay's bid for an extension hung up on no-trade clause
Susan Slusser, SF Chronicle

Slow start might hurt Chavez's All-Star chances
Joe Roderick, Contra Costa Times, (Registration Required)

Stew's no-hitter: Hendu in charge
Josh Suchon, Oakland Tribune
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Sacramento River Cats
NO GAME
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Wichita Wranglers at Midland Rockhounds
..........1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9.10...R..H..E
WIC (4-3) 0. 2. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 2.. 5. 9. 2
MID (4-2) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 2. 0. 1.. 4. 8. 0
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W: C. Griffin (1-0, 4.08); L: A. Santos (2-1, 1.11); SV: T. McGill (2)
HR: MID: A. Ethier (12)

Comments:
- Andre Ethier was 3-5, a triple short of the cycle. His average now stands at .327.

Groves' big hit in 10th is difference in 5-4 victory against RockHounds
Dave Sager, Midland Reporter Telegram
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Stockton Ports
NO GAME

Future looks bright for Barton
Prospect showing why A's traded Mulder for him
Kevin T. Czerwinski, MLB.com
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Kane County Cougars at Beloit Snappers
..........1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R...H..E
KCC (4-3) 2. 4. 0. 1. 0. 0. 1. 0. 1... 9. 13. 1
BEL (4-3) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0... 1.. 5. 2
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W: T. Evans (4-0, 1.32); L: D. Shinskie (1-6, 7.75);
HR: KCC: M. Leslie (5)

Comments:
-Cliff Pennington was 3-6, raising his season average to .296. He also made his second error of the season.
-Tony Evans, who joined the Oakland organization earlier this month from the Sioux City Explorers (Northern, Independent), allowed just one earned run on five hits and one walk, while striking out three, over seven innings. His record is now 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA. Too bad he's 25 and only in A-ball.

Evans stays perfect with rout
Kane County Chronicle
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Tri-City Dust Devils at Vancouver Canadians
..........1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
TRI (4-5) 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0... 1. 4. 1
VAN (6-3) 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 2. 0. X... 3. 8. 1

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W: J. Gray (2-0, 2.08); L: P. Stanley (1-1, 6.00); SV: S. Bryant (1)
HR: None.

Comments:
- Jeff Gray, Oakland's 32nd round pick of the 2004 draft, allowed just one earned run on three hits, while striking out four, over seven innings.
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ASL Mariners at ASL Athletics
....1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
MAR 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0... 1. 6. 8
ATH 2. 2. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2. 3. X... 9.13. 1

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W: A. Rea (1-0, 2.45); L: C. Huang (1-1, 4.91);
HR: None.

Comments:
-Chad Bradford pitched a scoreless inning, allowing just one hit.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Oh, What Could Have Ten......

There is likely no hotter team in all of MLB than our beloved Oakland Athletics. Last night's dominating 8-1 win over the Seattle Marginals was the team's fifth consecutive victory. And before the loss on the 22nd, they had won four straight. That loss was heartbreaking because they lost a 3-1 9th inning lead, almost entirely due to Macha's douchebaggery. Ok, we get it, Ken. The Duke had been overworked, so you wanted to rest him. Seems reasonable enough. And in his stead, you want to use a procession of relievers to get the last three outs. The problem was, after you bring in Rincon to face the lefties, you had no backup option should the game not have been over at that point. It wasn't, and you had dug yourself into yet another hole from which you couldn't climb out. Watching Macha manage a baseball game is exactly like watching someone read a paper as they walk down the street with their nuts perfectly aligned with a parking meter that ain't moving. There's only one person who doesn't seem to realize it's going to end badly. And all any of us can do is sit back and suffer the carnage.

So last night, our hometown heroes should have been celebrating their 10th straight victory. Should have climbed to within 1.5 games of second place Texas, within 5.5 of the Wild Card leaders. Should have started to get more media attention. Should have inched within two games of .500. And I know we can all "should have" each other to death, and it don't mean a whole lot. According to me, I "should have" nailed my best friend's sister by now. His mom, too. According to them, not so much.

Anyway, the point is that Macha costs us games. Physically, tangibly costs us games. And winning streaks. Ten game winning streaks, in fact. And takes years off our lives. While other managers are busy managing a ballgame, Macha, as clearly evidenced by my unstoppable photoshop work, stands there like a dope saying a bunch of question marks. Yeah, I know. What a douchebag.

Round-Up

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics
............1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
SEA (33-42) 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0... 1. 7. 0
OAK (36-40) 2. 1. 0. 4. 0. 1. 0. 0. X... 8.12. 0

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W: Zito (4-8) L: Moyer (6-3)
HR: SEA: Suzuki (6) - OAK: Scutaro (4)


Kielty paces fifth straight win
Outfielder drives in four runs to help sink Mariners
By CJ Bowles, MLB.com

Crosby brings energy to A's
Joe Roderick, Contra Costa Times (Registration Required)

A'S REPORT
Byrnes reviews his X-rays, and clears himself to play
Susan Slusser, SF Chronicle

Notes: Pitchers on the mend
Bradford, Meyer, Cruz working their way back from injuries
By CJ Bowles, MLB.com

A's Rincon gets plenty of outs, but little notice
Jorge L. Ortiz, SF Chronicle

An A's student beats the odds
Flores, a 29th-round draft pick, got his degree in the minor leagues
Josh Suchon, Oakland Tribune
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Portland Beavers at Sacramento River Cats
........... 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..10.11..12..13..14..R..H..E
POR (40-39) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0.. 1. 0.. 0.. 0.. 1..2. 7. 4
SAC (45-35) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0.. 1. 0.. 0.. 0.. 2. 3.11. 1
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W: C. Mabeus (4-2, 4.76); L: S. Stewart (2-4, 4.67);
HR: None.


Comments:
-Brant Colamarino went 0-4 with two walks, dropping his average to an even .200.
-Jimmy Serrano allowed only three hits and three walks, striking out seven, over seven shutout innings.

Longing for a win, injured Cats prevail
Scott Howard-Cooper, Sacramento Bee (Registration Required)
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Wichita Wranglers at Midland Rockhounds
..........1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
WIC (3-3) 1. 0. 3. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0... 5. 8. 0
MID (4-1) 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 3. 1. X... 6. 8. 2
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W: E. Fahrner (6-1, 2.39); L: B. Armitage (2-2, 3.76);
SV: A. Santos (10)
HR: MID: J. Perry (15), F. Gomez (3), M. Kiger (1)


Comments:
-Dallas Braden allowed five earned runs on six hits and five walks, striking out six, in 5 1/3 innings.
-Jason Perry has seven RBI over his last three games.

New addition Spanos lifts 'Hounds to win
Len Hayward, Midland Reporter-Telegram

RockHounds Notebook
Len Hayward, Midland Reporter-Telegram
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Stockton Ports
NO GAME

Comments:
-Danny Putnam was 0-3 in the Cal League vs Carolina League All-Star Game
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Kane County Cougars at Beloit Snappers
..........1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
KCC (3-3) 0. 0. 2. 0. 1. 1. 0. 0. 0... 4. 9. 2
BEL (4-2) 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 1. 0. 0. 0... 2. 7. 0

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W: M. Rogers (5-4, 4.03); L: J. Mijares (4-1, 3.14);
SV: R. Semerano (8)
HR: BEL: T. Plouffe (7)


Comments:
-Cliff Pennington DH'ed, went 2-3 and drove in his first RBI.
-Mike Rogers finished June with a 4-1 record.

Cougars' Rogers continues good month
Kane County Chronicle
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Tri-City Dust Devils at Vancouver Canadians
........ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.10.11.12.13.. R.. H. E
TRI(4-4) 0. 1. 0. 2. 1. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1.. 5. 13. 1
VAN(5-3) 0. 2. 1. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0.. 4. 10. 1

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W: J. White (2-0, 0.00); L: B. Davis (0-1, 0.00);
SV: G. Delgado (3)
HR: TRI: B. Kirby (2)

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ASL Athletics at ASL Giants
....1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
ATH 0. 2. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0... 2. 6. 4
GIA 1. 1. 2. 0. 0. 0. 0. 3. X... 7. 7. 2

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W: M. Walk (1-0, 0.00); L: K. Eusebio (0-1, 0.00);
SV: J. Gomez (1)
HR: None

Baseball Been Barry, Barry Good to Me

Another fine start by Barry Zito. Eight of his 12 starts since May 1st have been of the quality variety. Not bad. I don't think I'm ready to say that he's "back," but this certainly is encouraging.

It's a damn shame that in those eight quality starts Zito's only been credited with three wins. Which is the same number of losses he's been credited with. So as it stands, Zito's record is currently 4-8. That LOOKS really bad.

Mark Mulder had a pretty nice game tonight as well. He went 6.1 innings and allowed just one earned run. He also picked up a win, bringing his record to a very respectable 9-5.

Mulder's performance also lowered his ERA to 4.54, which is 1/3 of a run worse than Zito's. And Mulder's in the pitcher-friendly NL...but I don't really want to get into how much easier it is to pitch in the NL than it is in the AL.

(I wrote that last sentence about 10 minutes ago. Apparently I DO want to get into it.)

2005 Player Stats
Batting #9... Avg. Slg%. Runs.. RBI.... TB
AL Hitters.. .252. .376.. 423.. 412.. 1359
NL Hitters.. .195. .274.. 329.. 303.. 1089


And as if the disparity in Runs, RBI and TB didn't look bad enough, don't forget that the NL has two more teams than the AL. The patheticness of the number nine hitters in the NL (pitchers and pinch hitters) not provides one auto-out each time through the line-up, it also allows NL pitchers to pitch around the number eight hitter whenever they so choose.

Even though Mulder's ERA doesn't look that much worse than Zito's, it is. It's A LOT worse.

So why is one ESPN moron proclaiming that Zito's "wheels have fallen off" and another couple of ESPN morons putting Mark Mulder in a group of five "Aces" that pitched tonight?

Because they're dopes. Dopes who can't look past their respective records.

If I had to choose between having Zito or Mulder on my team for the second half, I'd choose Zito. And I wouldn't even have to think twice about it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Round-Up

For Monday, June 27th, 2005

Oakland Athletics
NO GAME


Beane biding his time as deadline nears
A's general manager pondering short- and long-term moves
By Mychael Urban, MLB.com

Beane's plans not affected by one good month
Joe Roderick, Knight Ridder (Registration Required)

A's Notebook
Kendall regains RBI stroke after an extended drought
Ross McKeon, SF Chronicle

Not all is bad for A's, Giants
Lori Gilbert, Stockton Record

Man who allegedly doused Giambi with beer pleads not guilty
AP, Yahoo! Sports
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Portland Beavers at Sacramento River Cats
............1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
POR (40-38) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2... 2. 6. 0
SAC (44-35) 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0... 1. 4. 0
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W: S. Stewart (2-3, 4.46); L: J. Garcia (1-5, 4.79); SV: B. Baker (22)
HR: None.

Comments:
-Juan Cruz struck out 10 and allowed two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings for Sacramento.
-Dan Meyer pitched 1 2/3 innings, retiring the first five batters he faced before allowing a walk and a single.
-Jairo Garcia blew his fourth save.
-Charles Thomas had one hit on the night, a triple, and is now batting .367 since being sent down.


Cruz adjusting to starter's role
In just his second start of the season, he strikes out 10, but the Cats lose.
Scott Howard-Cooper, Sacramento Bee (Registration Required)

Colamarino's future looks grand
Scott Howard-Cooper, Sacramento Bee (Registration Required)
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Wichita Wranglers at Midland RockHounds
..........1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
WIC (3-2) 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 4. 0. 0. 0... 5. 8. 0
MID (3-1) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2. 0. 0... 2. 4. 3
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W: R. Baerlocher (2-0, 1.61); L: M. Lynch (5-6, 5.08);
HR: MID: J. Perry (14).

Comments:
-Jason Perry's 14th homerun of the season accounted for both of Midland's runs.


RockHounds Notebook
Oscar Leroy, Midland Reporter Telegram

Mistakes doom RockHounds in loss to Wranglers
Oscar Leroy, Midland Reporter Telegram

Hounds return home after sweep of Tulsa
Jack Marrion, Midland Reporter Telegram
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Stockton Ports
NO GAME
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Kane County Cougars at Beloit Snappers
..........1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
KCC (2-3) 1. 0. 0. 2. 0. 0. 1. 1. 0... 5. 8. 0
BEL (4-1) 1. 0. 0. 1. 1. 0.10. 1. X.. 14 19. 1
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W: J. Martinez (3-0, 1.98); L: J. Corchado (0-3, 7.63);
HR: KCC: K. Melillo (8). BEL: T. Plouffe (6).

Comments:
-Ryan Webb allowed four runs (all earned) on 11 hits, including one homerun, and one walk in 6.0 innings.
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Tri-City Dust Devils at Vancouver Canadians
..........1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
TRI (3-4) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 1. 3. 0... 5. 9. 1
VAN (5-2) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2. 0. 0... 2. 4. 2

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W: P. Stanley (1-0, 4.50); L: S. Martinez (0-1, 4.05); SV: G. Delgado (2)
HR: TRI: J. Sweeney (1).

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ASL Athletics at ASL Angels
..........1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
ATH (3-1) 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 3... 5. 8. 1
ANG (3-1) 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0. 0... 1. 6. 4

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W: J. Lugo (1-0, 1.59); L: B. Beck (0-1, 0.00);
HR: None.


Comments:
-Chad Bradford threw one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and recording one strike out.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Clever Like a Fox.....A Moron Fox

Biologists have determined a direct lineage between modern day humans and the one-celled trilobites that used to burrow on the ocean floor more than 600 million years ago. Ken Macha is living proof that some of us never bothered evolving.

Waiting game: The A's have two days off before the All-Star break, and Macha said the club will tweak its rotation to maximize the number of starts for Barry Zito, Rich Harden and Haren.

That means Saarloos, who last worked Thursday in Seattle, won't make another start until July 2. He'll then have to wait until the following Saturday, in Chicago, for his final start before the break. Blanton will get a week between his final two starts of the half, too, going June 29 and July 6.

If there's any person you want around to stamp out the non-existent fires that plague our lives, it's Ken Macha. To wit:

Athletics' Starters
June Stats
...............IP... ERA.. WHIP
Joe Blanton... 35.. 2.02.. 0.90
Kirk Saarloos. 26.. 2.08.. 1.23
Dan Haren..... 37.. 3.11.. 0.88
Rich Harden... 12.. 0.75.. 0.42
Barry Zito.... 31.. 3.45.. 1.21


So you can see why Macha would be so quick to skip Saarloos' and Blanton's turns in the rotation, right? I mean, outside of Harden and his 12 innings, these guys have been our best pitchers for the past month. Sure, Zito (3.45) and Haren (3.11) have hardly been slouches, but they still haven't matched up to the performances of Blanton and Saarloos. Every member of the rotation, for the better part of a month, has been absolutely dealing. What possible reason could there be to mess with a good thing? Why rock the boat? If Macha's dumb ass is that determined to take on water, he should drink more beer. At least then he'd have a great excuse for the press when they call him on yet another of his idiotic moves.

Press Guy: Why'd you leave him in, Ken? He was clearly done. Were you asleep or something?

Macha: Hey! I wasn't asleep, I was drunk!

Press Guy: I believe you, Ken.


Further, Saarloos (75), and Blanton (84) have thrown fewer innings this season than Haren (104) and Zito (100), by a long shot. So Macha looks at the available information and determines that the two guys (did I mention that these guys are 24 and 26 years of age?) who have shouldered about 12% more of the pitching load, and had less recent success, should add even more pitches and innings before the All-Star Break.

When scientists open up Macha's brain so that a classroom of future coroners can study it, what they're going to find is a hamster whose been dead for years, and a wheel that's so rusted that not even ten new hamsters could turn it.

On May 26, our beloved Athletics had just finished being swept by the Devil Rays. Yes, the Devil Rays. Worse, it was the A's 14th loss in their last 17 games. At that point, they weren't even scoring four runs a game for the month of May. Nobody was hitting. Nobody was comfortable at the plate. Fans were screaming for the lineup to be tweaked. Nothing happened. Jason Kendall and Mark Kotsay, the team's leaders, begged Macha to change the lineup. They even inconspicuously handed him a piece of paper with a suggested lineup on it. They weren't looking to show Macha up and make him look stupid (as if that's hard to do), they just wanted the best possible lineup out there. Nothing happened. Even the writer for MLB.com, after that horrible loss to the Rays, had this to say:
"As a team, the A's hit .216 in the series, which would indicate the possibility that there could be a shakeup in the lineup Friday in the opener at Cleveland."

--Thomas Simonetti, MLB.com contributor
What was Macha's response to that? Clearly, some kind of change was in order, right? Isn't it pretty obvious that something needed to, and would be, done about this? Well normally yes, but not when you got Captain Cockface steering the Good Ship Athletics straight into the Rocks of Retardation. Let's see what he had to say:
"We'll have to see when we get to the ballpark tomorrow. But I don't see how moving a guy from three to four [in the lineup] or from four to five is going to help us very much."

-- Ken "Professor Fuckstick" Macha, May 26th.
You don't know how moving a guy from "three to four" or "four to five" is going to help, eh Kenny? Well, through the magic of not being a complete imbecile, I've decided to help you out:

Well, Jason Kendall was (more or less) permanently moved to the leadoff position on May 30th. At the time, he was hitting .240/.317/.285. Since then, he's hit .317/.411/.354. Yeah, nice call Ken. His OPS has only improved 163 points since then. Pretty sad that you were the only person in the world who couldn't figure it out.

Eric Chavez was permanently moved from "three to four" in the lineup the next day, May 31st. At the time, he was hitting .218/.276/.317. Since the move, he's been hitting .374/.441/.725. Chavy's OPS has only improved 573 points since the move. That's right. 573. Not a typo.

Oh, and the A's winning percentage before the change? .346 (17-32)

The A's winning percentage after the change? .692 (18-8)

Yeah, that's not a typo, either. I doublechecked.

So let's take this opportunity to revisit Macha's positively Emersonian Poetry:
"I don't see how moving a guy from three to four [in the lineup] or from four to five is going to help us very much."
Yeah, me neither, Ken. Me Neither.

When the pitching staff is dealing, Macha can't change up the rotation fast enough. When the offense couldn't hit its way out of a god damn paper bag, Macha "doesn't see how making a change" could possibly help. Honestly, I'm having a tough time wrapping my mind around that. Just when you think you can't possibly have a lower opinion of somebody than you already do, Macha goes and pulls shit like this. As a fan of the team, it's beyond frustrating. It's like watching your best friend slowly kill himself with drugs or alcohol, when what you'd really like to see is your best friend quickly killing Macha with guns and baseball bats.

If being a good manager consisted of doing nothing but constantly chewing gum and standing there with a dopey look on your face, Macha would be the best manager in the history of the world. Unfortunately, being a good manager requires discernible brain activity. And darnit, but wouldn't you know, that's the one quality Macha seems to lack.

Go team.

Turning this Bitch Up a Notch

One of my five regular readers has now become a contributor.

Greg hates Macha just as much as I do and will offer his opinions whenever he so desires. Enjoy.

On-Topic Off Day

I'm considering whether or not to make this a daily feature on this here blog. It takes a lot of work and I'm a pretty lazy guy, so we'll see.

Roman's Round-Up (I might have to come up with a new, less gay name)
Sunday, June 26th, 2005

San Francisco Giants @ Oakland Athletics
............1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
SFO (33-44).0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0....0..1..0
OAK (35-40).3..2..1..5..5..0..0..0..X...16.24..1

Hitters ...........AB. R. H RBI BB SO LOB. AVG
J Kendall C ........3. 3. 3.. 3. 1. 0.. 0 .268
.a-A Melhuse PH-C.. 2. 0. 0.. 0. 0. 0.. 1 .125
M Kotsay CF........ 5. 1. 3.. 2. 1. 0.. 1 .279
B Crosby SS........ 6. 1. 4.. 2. 0. 0.. 4 .316
E Chavez 3B........ 4. 1. 2.. 0. 0. 0.. 1 .266
.b-K Ginter PH-3B.. 2. 0. 0.. 0. 0. 0.. 3 .171
S Hatteberg DH..... 5. 2. 1.. 1. 1. 0.. 3 .282
B Kielty LF........ 5. 2. 3.. 1. 0. 0.. 0 .285
D Johnson 1B....... 5. 2. 2.. 3. 0. 0.. 2 .286
N Swisher RF....... 5. 3. 3.. 4. 0. 0.. 1 .246
M Scutaro 2B....... 5. 1. 3.. 0. 0. 0.. 0 .254
Totals............ 47 16 24. 16. 3. 0. 16
a-grounded to shortstop for J Kendall in the 5th
b-grounded to third for E Chavez in the 5th

BATTING
2B: M Kotsay (18, B Tomko); B Kielty 2 (11, J Christiansen, B Tomko); J Kendall 2 (12, B Tomko, B Puffer); D Johnson (6, B Puffer); S Hatteberg (11, J Christiansen); B Crosby (6, J Christiansen)
HR: N Swisher 2 (8, 4th inning off B Puffer 1 on, 2 Out; 5th inning off J Christiansen 1 on, 0 Out)
RBI: M Kotsay 2 (41), B Crosby 2 (11), B Kielty (32), J Kendall 3 (20)
2-out RBI: N Swisher, M Kotsay
GIDP: K Ginter 1
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: S Hatteberg 1, K Ginter 2, D Johnson 1, B Crosby 2
Team LOB: 10

FIELDING
E: K Ginter (5, ground ball)

Pitchers.......... IP. H. R ER BB SO HR PC-ST. ERA
R Harden (W, 4-3) 7.0. 1. 0. 0. 1. 3. 0 76-46 2.37
R Flores......... 1.0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0 13-10 0.00
K Calero......... 1.0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0.. 9-6 6.06
Totals........... 9.0. 1. 0. 0. 1. 3. 0 98-62

PITCHING
Batters faced: R Harden 24; R Flores 3; K Calero 3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: R Harden 7-11; R Flores 1-2; K Calero 1-2



Swisher homers twice as A's one-hit Giants
Harden allows a single in seven innings; Oakland pounds out 24 hits
By Mychael Urban, MLB.com

Oakland throws a Sweep 16 party
A's score 15 insurance runs as Harden befuddles Giants
Ross McKeon, SF Chronicle

NEW BLOOD
Giants, A's are rebuilding but disdain that label
John Shea, SF Chronicle

Zito on trade rumors: 'I'm not going anywhere'
Joe Roderick, Contra Costa Times (Registration Required)



Portland Beavers at Sacramento River Cats
............1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9....R..H..E
POR (39-38) 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 3. 0. 0. 0... 4. 6. 1
SAC (44-34) 0. 0. 0. 6. 0. 0. 0. 0. X... 6. 8. 1

Hitters..... AB. R. H RBI BB SO. AVG
Bynum RF......5. 0. 1.. 0. 0. 2 .296

Beattie 2B....2. 1. 0.. 0. 2. 1 .301
Thomas CF.....3. 1. 0.. 0. 1. 0 .368
Cust LF.......3. 1. 1.. 0. 1. 0 .285
Garrett DH....4. 1. 2.. 1. 0. 0 .299
Rouse SS......3. 0. 0.. 1. 0. 1 .295
Smith 3B..... 4. 1. 1.. 0. 0. 0 .261
Colamarino 1B 4. 1. 1.. 4. 0. 0 .222
Baker C...... 4. 0. 0.. 0. 0. 3 .259

BATTING
HR: Colamarino, B (5, 4th inning off Hensley, C, 3 on, 1 out)
RBI: Garrett (42), Rouse (49), Colamarino, B 4 (15)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smith; Thomas; Baker 2
SF: Rouse
Team LOB: 7

FIELDING
E: Beattie (4, fielding)

Pitcher......... IP. H. R ER BB SO HR. ERA
Sparks (W, 7-3) 5.2. 4. 4. 3. 4. 5. 1 5.19
Mabeus (H,3)... 1.1. 1. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0 5.03
Reames (H, 1).. 1.0. 1. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0 4.13
Garcia (S, 8).. 1.0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2. 0 4.19

WP: Sparks, Reames
Ground outs-fly outs: Sparks 6-6, Mabeus 1-2, Reames 2-1, Garcia 0-1
Batters faced: Sparks 26, Mabeus 5, Reames 5, Garcia 3
Inherited runners-scored: Mabeus 2-1



Sacramento edges Beavers
Michael Echan, MLB.com

Schedule-maker does River Cats 16 huge favors
That's the number of home games for them in a 21-day stretch.
Scott Howard-Cooper, Sacramento Bee (Registration Required)



Midland Rockhounds
NO GAME




Stockton Ports
NO GAME



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Kane County Cougars at Clinton LumberKings
..........1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.. R... H. E

KCC (2-2) 0. 0. 0. 2. 5. 0. 1. 0. 0.. 8.. 11. 3
CLI (2-2) 1. 0. 0. 3. 2. 0. 0. 1. 2.. 9... 9. 1
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W: M. Padgett (3-3, 1.88); L: M. McBeth (1-1, 4.50);
HR: KCC: E. Kim (6). CLI: W. Susdorf (4).


Cougars lose series on walk-off home run
Kane County Chronicle



Tri-City Dust Devils at Vancouver Canadians
..........1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9... R. H. E
TRI (2-4) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 1. 0. 0. 0... 1. 3. 0
VAN (5-1) 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2. X... 2. 4. 0

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W: S. Bryant (1-0, 0.00); L: D. Patton (0-2, 6.52); SV: B. Kilby (2)
HR: None.



ASL Athletics at ASL Padres
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