Top 3rd: Pickoff parade


Athletics lefthander Brett Anderson gave up a couple of hits, but he showcased a strong pickoff move by cutting down both baserunners as they tried to steal second.

Anderson started off the inning by breaking the bat of Ivan DeJesus with a 93 mph fastball, but DeJesus then turned around another 93 mph fastball and drove it deep to center. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen made a nice play to run the ball down, however, saving extra bases.

Elvis Andrus then drew a four-pitch walk, but in his second basestealing attempt of the game he was fooled by Anderson and cut down 1-3-6. Wilkin Ramirez was up next and hit a single off Anderson, but he too was picked off as he was trying to steal second and was thrown out 1-3-6 as Pablo Sandoval was at bat.

Anderson threw almost all fastballs and was consistently in the 92-93 range, peaking at 95 mph. The only batter who saw more than one breaking ball was Sandoval, who got started off with two sliders at 82 and 84 mph.