Oakland’s six-run fourth inning, Josh Hamilton’s costly error, and the fact that the A’s had won the American League Western Division for the first time since 2006. Those were the topics of conversation following Oakland’s division-clinching win over Texas on October 3, the final day of the MLB regular season.
We feel an obligation here at the Overtime! Blog to make sure the work of Oakland relief pitcher Evan Scribner does not go unnoticed.
With the A’s trailing 5-1 and two out in the third inning of yesterday’s game, manager Bob Melvin brought called Scribner out of the bullpen and the right-handed reliever produced immediate results for his skipper.
Scribner needed only one pitch, a 71 mph curveball, to retire the first batter – Ian Kinsler — he faced and get the A’s out of the jam without incurring any further damage.
The former Central Connecticut Blue Devil, who was the 2004 NEC Tournament MVP for head coach Charlie Hickey, proceeded to work through a scoreless fourth inning followed by a 1-2-3 fifth.
Scribner started the sixth inning by retiring Kinsler and Elvis Andrus before exiting with two out and none on.
In all, Scribner threw 3.0 scoreless innings while surrendering only two hits and walking none.
Not bad for a guy that the San Diego Padres cut loose last year. Not only is he back in The Show with Oakland, but he’s headed to the Postseason.
Here’s an excerpt from Jane Lee’s Game Story on MLB.com:
Following Griffin’s departure, reliever Evan Scribner, an under-the-radar waiver pickup last winter, fired three shutout innings. The right-hander proved to be the difference-maker in this one, allowing the A’s plenty of time to score the next 11 runs after being down, 5-1, after three. That included six in an epic fourth frame — the last two of which came courtesy of Josh Hamilton, who dropped a shallow fly ball with two outs to allow the go-ahead runs to cross home plate.
Scribner’s Last 10 outings
Did You Know?
Evan Scribner’s younger brother, Troy, currently competes in the NEC for Sacred Heart. Set for his senior season at SHU, Troy Scribner has earned a spot on the NEC All-Tournament Team each of the past three years.
– Oct. 4, 2012 –