Like Buchholz, Doubront’s start ended up pretty sour. Unlike Buchholz, Doubront took a loss because the offense, though it tried at the end, simply couldn’t pull it together. I wish I could have borrowed some runs from yesterday and transferred them to today’s score; we would have won both games.
Doubront allowed five runs on six hits with two walk and eight strikeouts over only four innings. He threw ninety-four pitches, fifty-eight of which were strikes. Like Buchholz, all but one of his runs were allowed in his last inning on the mound. So, while he allowed one run on a single in the first, he allowed four in the fourth, and that was all the A’s needed to win. First, there was an RBI double. Then, there was a two-RBI single. And finally, there was a wild pitch. No command. No control. No efficiency. No rhythm whatsoever. That’s really all there was to say about it.
The offense, in the meantime, wasn’t doing much of anything, and even when we battled back, it really wasn’t that much of a battle at all. We sent four to the plate in the first and second and only the minimum in the third and didn’t get on the board until the fourth, when the only answer we provided to Oakland’s four runs was Pedroia leading off with a single and scoring on a groundout. Until the ninth, we sent at most five to the plate in each inning. Finally, in the bottom of the ninth, we appeared to have something going; it was the only rally that we would mount all night, and although we converted it partially, we didn’t convert it fully, and it cost us the ballgame.
Ross led off the inning with a double. Salty struck out, and then Byrd singled and Punto walked to load the bases for Aviles. Aviles singled in two. Two outs later, the game was over, and we lost, 5-3. Atchison, Hill, and Albers all pitched well in relief, not that it mattered in the end. To say the least, it was extremely frustrating.