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Oakland Athletics’ Tom Milone Pitches 8-Inning Shutout Against Kansas City: Fan Reaction
The Oakland Athletics won their first game of the season at home last night facing a tough opponent in the Kansas City Royals. This time it wasn't Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes who stole the show, the honor went to starting pitcher Tom Milone instead.
Milone pitched an eight-inning shutout against the Royals, helping the team to a 1-0 victory in their fifth game of the 2012 season. Their lone win had come across the Pacific when they defeated the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo. With their record now at 2-3, the A's are still at the bottom of the American League West a half game behind the L.A. Angels, but we can hope that the victory in Oakland will help the team build some momentum and enable them to improve throughout the course of the season.
It looks like Milone will be another one of the A's better decisions over the winter, in addition to their budding star, Cespedes. He came to Oakland in an exchange with the Washington Nationals, one of the key trades for the Athletics and a one of the better steps to taking the team to where they need to be.
In 2011, in Milone's five starts with the Nationals he went 1-0 with a 3.81 ERA. In the spring, he was 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA and in the exhibition game against Triple-A Sacramento on March 31 he impressed again with six perfect innings before the game was rained out.
Milone may turn out to be one of the Athletics' most reliable solid pitchers of 2012. In his debut with the A's in Sacramento, he was compared to Dallas Braden, who pitched baseball's 1 9th perfect game in 2010 by relying on his control and his defense to get the outs. Milone gave up just three hits, all doubles and three walks in the Saturday night outing.
In Oakland on Monday night, Milone allowed just three hits over eight innings. With the A's offense stymied by the Royals' stellar pitcher, Luis Mendoza, the victory really belongs to Milone. Mendoza allowed just one earned run on five hits, struck out two and walked four, and was able to hold off Cespedes, striking the center fielder out twice.
A's fans needed a little more good news to go along with the impressive rookie's exceptional performances, and there is no doubt that Milone gave us that in the team's first win at home this season.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, following the Oakland Athletics since the days of Billy Ball, and attending hundreds of games over the past three decades. Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter, Twitter @kcdermody, or www.kcdermodywriter.com.
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