Brett Anderson showed that he does indeed have the best stuff in the A's rotation (see previous post). He did something the three pitchers in front of him in the rotation have yet to do, shut down the Mariners. He threw 97 pitches in 6 innings of work. Even though he only struck out 4 batters, Anderson was in command. He only gave up 3 hits and walked one.
Anderson got hitters to hit the pitches he wanted them to hit, but let's not forget the defense that backed him up. Rajai Davis made a jumping catch at the wall in the second inning to rob Milton Bradley of what possibly might have been a home run. Ryan Sweeney gunned Chone Figgins out at second trying to tag on a deep fly ball to right field wall.
The difference between today's game and the three previous games of the series? The A's offense clicked on all cylinders. Three doubles, hitting with runners in scoring position (5-13), and 11 hits overall resulted in six runs. And, on most nights, six runs should be enough with the pitching and defense the A's have night in and night out.