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2011 Conor Jackson hits grand slam Oakland Athletics win 2011 Conor Jackson hits grand slam Oakland Athletics win

July 17, 2011 on a Sunday in Oakland before 26,115

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2011 Conor Jackson hits grand slam Oakland Athletics win

July 17, 2011 on a Sunday in Oakland before 26,115

Athletics first baseman Conor Jackson provided the offensive gun and pitcher Gio Gonzalez the defense to vault Oakland to a 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Conor Jackson hit a first inning, grand slam homer in an 8 run first inning and the Athletics never looked back. Entering today’s game in a mild slump, batting just .243 for 2011, Conor Jackson went 2 for 3 to help the team win the final game and 3 games of 4 series from the second place AL West Angels, who fell to 51-45.

The hard throwing Gio Gonzalez worked 7 innings, allowed just 4 hits, 0 runs and notched 8 strikeouts (Ks). He used a mixture of sliders plus mid 90s fastballs to improve his 2011 season stats to 9-6 w/l for a Oakland team which are 42-54 in 4th or last in the AL West. Gio Gonzalez lowered his ERA to 2.33, the 4th best in the entire American League.

Reliever Jerry Blevins pitched the final two innings for the winners. He yielded 2 hits, a walk, 2 Ks, and one run with a 3.86 ERA. Jerry Blevins is having a solid year and is the Angels long reliever.

Athletics leadoff man and second baseman Jemile Weeks had 2 hits in 3 at bats, scored 2 runs and had a RBI, teammate centerfielder Coco Crisp went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

For the losing Los Angeles the only bright spots were third baseman Alberto Callaspo who collected 3 hits in 4 at bats and catcher Bobby Wilson who lined 2 hits in 4 at bats and drove in the Angels only run, with his third double of the season. Alberto Callaspo raised his batting average to .288 while Bobby Wilson improved to .255.

Angels starting pitcher Joel Pinerio was rocked.  He yielded 4 hits, walked 4 and retired just one batter and allowed 7 earned runs. None-the-less Joel Pinerio  is one of the top starters on Los Angeles staff. His 2011 record fell to 5-4 with a 4.58 ERA. Four relievers followed, Trevor Bell, Bobby Cassevah, Michael Kohn and Rich Thompson.

Baseball Historian July 17, 2011 Baseball News Page 319

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