Oakland Sweeps Cleveland, Gets Complete Games From Southpaws Zito, Waddell, & Grove

July 19: Oakland 4, Cleveland 1

Less than three weeks ago, A’s starter Barry Zito was struggling along with a 6.27 ERA before he shocked the league with the only no-hitter thrown so far. He’s now made two starts since the no-hitter, and they’ve both gone extremely well, including this one run complete game against the Naps. His ERA has nose-dived to a much more palatable 4.87.

                  R H BB
OAK 030 100 000 - 4 6  4
CLE 000 100 000 - 1 6  5

HR: A. Simmons (14), J. Giambi (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    9.0  1  1  0  5  4  
C. Kluber  7.0  4  4  2  4  7 

OAK 47-44, CLE 45-46

rubeJuly 20: Oakland 3, Cleveland 1

Rube Waddell has been solid as a rock all year in the Oakland rotation and made his fourth straight nine-inning start in this one. Vean Gregg also went the distance for Cleveland.

                  R H BB
OAK 011 000 001 - 3 7  2
CLE 000 000 010 - 1 5  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  9.0  1  1  0  2  7  
V. Gregg    9.0  3  3  0  2  6 

OAK 48-44, CLE 45-47

July 21: Oakland 6, Cleveland 2

Lefty Grove closed out the sweep with yet another complete game to keep the shaky Oakland bullpen completely out of the series. Jason Giambi clubbed just the third home run given up by Addie Joss all year.

Cleveland sputtered their way to only four runs in the three games and find themselves just a game out of the cellar.

                  R H BB
OAK 001 102 200 - 6 7  6
CLE 000 200 000 - 2 5  5

HR: J. Giambi (13)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove  9.0  2  2  0  5  3  
A. Joss   7.0  6  4  1  6  1 

OAK 49-44, CLE 45-48
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