21 is good for Black Jack… bad for scoreless inning streaks


Stephen Dunn - Getty Images

Stephen Dunn – Getty Images

Seriously, all the talk of the A’s lineup being messed up after dealing away Yoenis Cespedes is starting to get some traction.

Being shutout for 21 straight innings makes that happen. It is one thing for a solid pitcher like Jered Weaver to do it. It is another for a parade of relievers, including one pitcher who had been out of the majors since 2008, to render the bats worthless.

Jeff Samardzija must be thinking “If I wanted to throw a complete game loss with no run support, I’d have stayed in Chicago.”

Meanwhile the A’s were 4 games up on the Angels 20 days ago.

They were tied with the Angels a week ago.

Now they are 4 games back. The Giants are closer to the Dodgers than the A’s are to the Angels. And if they want to add an emergency bat, they’ll have to do it today.

Try scoring a run.

Just one.

And with the bases loaded and nobody out, don’t hit into a double play.

Just a thought.

Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.

 

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

A parade of anonymous pitchers kept the A’s from scoring and spoiled a solid Jeff Samardzjia start as the Angels won 2-0. TEETH GRINDER

49 Dodged Bullets 45 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +4

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Jake Peavy took a no hitter into the 8th and the Giants continued to beat first place Milwaukee, this time 3-1. DODGED BULLET

50 Dodged Bullets 46 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +4

 

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

 

Dodged Bullets 57 Teeth Grinders 70

TOTAL: -13

 

This tally includes the A’s teeth grinder from Friday

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