A's Use the Long Ball to Beat Phillies, 10-2
Written by: Rico Petrocelli
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Green bats were jumping again today at Plaisted, as the first 7 A's batters in the game scored, including back-to-back home runs, and the A's went on to beat the Phillies 10-2 in a second-round playoff game.
After Sterling and Cole reached base to lead off the inning, Cam cranked a fastball over the left-field wall for his first career home run. Matt followed Cam with a bomb to center-field, his second dinger in two games, and the rout was on. Reese hit a ground rule double, Luke plated him with a single, and Zach drove in a run on a groundout.
Cam pitched brilliantly for the A's, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up only one run while striking out eight. Cole pitched one inning, and then Reese closed out the last 1 1/3, getting a key bases-loaded strikeout in the 5th inning and then two more strikeouts in the sixth to end it.
Sterling, Cole, Matt and Cam all had two hits for the A's, and David made the defensive play of the game in the 2nd inning, snaring a low line drive to snuff out a Phillies rally.
Next up for the A's will be the Rangers on Tuesday night at Plaisted, in a much anticipated matchup of the league's two top teams. The A's enter the game 13-3, and the Rangers are 12-3.