Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A's defensive switch preserves win

 DBacks Pitching Finally Collapses, Blows 6-0 Lead to A's

Aftrr falling behind 6-0 in the 5th, 12 of the next 20 A's reached. The streak ended with Piscotty's 2nd double of the game to bring home two runs and give the A's a 7-6 win. 

The difference in the last 2 innings was defense. Most centerfielders could have caught Piscott's double, but offensive minded Locastro (4 of 7, 2 doubles) misplayed it into a double (see photo of defensive chart and steal attempt chart).

With the 7-6 lead, the A's removed their weaker defensive players, Kemp at 2nd base and catcher Allen (weakest throwing arm at TC) to replace them with Pinder at second and Catcher Murphy (TA, best throwing arm as pictured on chart). Locastro drew a walk to lead off the 9th, but was then thrown out trying to steal (random number was62 and on chart shown, 57-63 is runner out if catcher TA or TB, others steal). The defensive switch saved the A's win, as Calhoun then doubled, but Diekman retired the last two for the save.

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