Its been 10 years since the As concluded their record20-game winning streak, beating the Kansas City Royals in a wild 12-11 game in Oakland.So on the 10-year anniversary of that historic win, we takea look back at the box score and where the players of that legendary As teamare now.Leadoff hitter Ray Durham: 2002 was Durhamsonly season with Oakland he was a midseason acquisition from the White Sox -- though the secondbaseman didnt go far after the season, moving across the Bay to the Giants.After five and one-half seasons with the Giants, Durhamfinished off his career with a half of a season in Milwaukee. Durham hit .276 in his six seasons after theAs, knocking 80 home runs and 369 RBI.No. 2 hitter John Mabry: Mabry was also a midseasonacquisition for the As traded from the Phillies in exchange for Jeremy Giambi.Mabry bounced around after leaving the As in 2002, spending one season withthe Mariners, two in St. Louis and one with theCubs before concluding his career with the Rockiesin 2007. The utility player had one productive season after leaving Oakland, hitting .296 forthe Cardinals in 2004.No. 3 hitter Miguel Tejada: Tejada, who would go on to winthe MVP award in 2002, spent one more season in Oakland in 2003 before hittingfree agency and leaving for the Orioles. Tejada made five more All-Star Gamesafter leaving the As and drove in 150 runs in 2004. He ended his career with adisappointing year with the Giants in 2011 in which he hit .239 with 26 RBI.Tejada technically hasnt retired yet but is not currently on a team afterbeing released at his request by the Orioles in June.No. 4 hitter Eric Chavez: Chavez plays for the Yankees afterspending 13 seasons with the As. He is hitting .289 this season with 13 homeruns and 33 RBI. Now 34, Chavez won six Gold Gloves with the As and a SilverSlugger in 2002. He hit 230 home runs in his time with the As and drove in 787runs.No. 5 hitter Jermaine Dye: Dyes career concluded in 2009after five seasons with the White Sox. Dye spent one more year with the Asafter the 2002 season, hitting .172 in 65 games. He made the All-Star Game in2006 and hit .315 with 44 home runs and 120 RBI that year. The right fielderfinished his career with 325 homers and 1072 RBI.No. 6 hitter David Justice: Justice never played anotherseason in the majors after 2002. The outfielder finished his career with a .279batting average, 305 home runs and 1017 RBI.No. 7 hitter Mark Ellis: Ellis is currently a second basemanwith the Dodgers, hitting .264 with a .349 on-base percentage. Ellis, who was arookie in 2002, played for the As until getting traded to the Rockies in June 2011. Ellis hit .274 in 70 games with Colorado before signingwith the Dodgers as a free agent.No. 8 hitter Terrence Long: Long was a first-round pick ofthe Mets that never fully developed after a promising rookie campaign with theAs in 2002. His career lasted just eight years before he retired in 2006 atage 30. Long stayed with the As in 2003, but with his batting average in the.240s for the second straight season, he was dealt to the Padres. Long finishedhis career with the Yankees in 2006.No. 9 hitter Ramon Hernandez: Hernandez is a catcher for theColorado Rockies but missed 42 games with a left hand injury this season. Hisbatting average has dropped precipitously this season to .218, down from .282last year. Hernandez, 36, was an All-Star in 2003 with the As before gettingtraded to San Diego.He spent two years with the Padres, three with the Orioles and three with theReds before signing with the Rockies as a freeagent in November.Starting pitcher Tim Hudson: Hudson was robbed of a win in the 20th-consecutive-victorygame, tossing 6.2 innings with only two earned runs. The right-hander pitchedfor the As until 2005 when he joined the Braves. Hudsonhas pitched for Atlantaever since. He made his second All-Star Game in 2004 and another in 2010. Hudson has 194 careervictories and an ERA of 3.42. Hes 13-5 this season with a 3.76 ERA in 146innings.Pinch hitter Scott Hatteberg: Hattebergs pinch-hit,walk-off home run in that game was one of 15 he hit in 2002. Hatteberg retiredwith the Reds after 2008. He had his best season in 2007, hitting .310. Afterthe As converted him to a first baseman in 2002, Hatteberg remained at theposition for the rest of his career.Pitcher Barry Zito: Though he didnt throw in that game,Zito was an integral part of the As success in 2002, winning 23 games andcapping off the season with a Cy Young Award. Zito stayed with Oakland for four more years before signing aseven-year, 126-million deal with the Giants. He has a 4.51 ERA with theGiants this season and a 10-8 record. Zito needs one more win to match his season-highin six years in San Francisco.After posting an ERA of 3.55 in seven years with the As, Zito has a 4.54 ERAwith the Giants.Pitcher Mark Mulder: Mulder was the third ace of the Asstaff in 2002, winning 19 games with a 3.47 ERA. After five years in Oakland, Mulder wastraded to the Cardinals in December 2004. He retired from St. Louis in 2008 with 103 career victories.Mulder only won 22 more games after leaving the As.
HOUSTON — Enduring a five-game losing streak is tough enough on its own.
Watching a former teammate play a part in prolonging the misery is worse.
Josh Reddick wasn’t the most dominant player on the field Friday for the Astros, but he picked his spots to make his presence felt, and that added a little salt to the wound for the A’s in a 9-4 defeat that was their fifth in a row. They’ve now lost 10 straight times to Houston.
Reddick was mad at himself after not making the play on Ryon Healy’s double in the sixth inning. He got another chance in the eighth and robbed his former roommate with a terrific catch as he slammed into the wall to end the inning. That stranded two runners and preserved what was a 7-4 lead at the time.
“Any time you’re playing against your former team you wanna do well against them. Beating them makes it a little bit sweeter,” Reddick said. “But when you can make a catch against a guy you became pretty good buddies with in a tight situation, it adds more to that.”
After Healy got his first big league call-up last July, and before the A’s traded Reddick to the Dodgers on Aug. 1, Reddick invited the rookie to move into his house as he cut his teeth in the bigs.
“I’m going to be giving Ryon a lot of crap, I guess you could say,” Reddick said afterward. “He gave me a little signal and finger wave and shook his head on the (double). I got him back and a little bit of payback.”
Reddick, who signed a four-year $52 million free agent deal with Houston in the offseason, was a pest to the A’s in more unconventional ways too. Twice he reached base on catcher’s interference calls when his bat hit the mitt of Stephen Vogt, another of Reddick’s closest friends on the A’s. It happened in the bottom of the first and contributed to the Astros’ three-run rally that tied the game off Jharel Cotton after the A’s had grabbed a 3-0 lead on Khris Davis’ three-run homer.
Vogt talked about both interference plays with mild disgust, more upset with the situation itself than Reddick personally.
“Typically I’m pretty far back behind the batter," Vogt said. “Reddick, I guess, has a pretty long swing when he’s trying to go the other way. … It’s just one of those freak things that obviously I’m not real thrilled about. It’s just frustrating. You don’t see it very often. It’s not really how you swing the bat typically, but he does a good job going the other way, and it’s on me. I’ve gotta make sure I’m far enough back and not reaching for the ball.”
As for Reddick’s important catch in the eighth, Vogt said:
“It’s hard to see him in a different uniform, and I know he loved it here as well. It’s hard to see him playing against us 19 times. To see him making catches like that, it’s not very much fun when he’s not wearing green.”
However, the A’s have more pressing issues than getting stung by old friends. They’ve struck out 57 times over the past five games, and with each day that passes, it’s increasingly clear how much they miss the speed and playmaking ability of center fielder Rajai Davis, as well as the offensive production of shortstop Marcus Semien. Both are on the disabled list, Davis for the short term with a strained hamstring and Semien likely for a couple of months due to wrist surgery.
Cotton wasn’t sharp, allowing a career-high 10 hits and failing to protect two early leads he was given. Those are the growing pains that will come for a rookie pitcher. What the A’s can’t afford are three-error nights like they had Friday and continuing to whiff at their current rate.
“When we went through our winning streak, we played real clean games, and now we’re a little shoddy,” manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s a psychological play that goes with that. When you’re not making plays and giving extra outs, it makes it tougher on pitchers and tougher mentally.”
HOUSTON – Khris Davis’ heroics only stretch so far.
The A’s slugger did all he could to keep his team in Friday night’s game, slamming two homers and driving in four runs, but it wasn’t enough as Oakland fell 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series against the Astros, who have won 10 in a row over Oakland.
That’s five losses in a row for the A’s, who got off to the kind of start Friday that suggested they might break back into the win column. With two aboard, Davis lit into a pitch from Charlie Morton and drove a three-run homer to right-center in the first.
But the early offense wasn’t enough to boost A’s starter Jharel Cotton, who gave up a career-high 10 hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings. Only three of the runs were earned, due to three A’s errors, including a bizarre two catchers’ interference calls on Stephen Vogt, both with former teammate Josh Reddick batting.
Nevertheless, Cotton gave up too much hard contact. Davis’ second homer, a solo shot to right in the third, put the A’s ahead 4-3, but the Astros would come back to tie it in the fourth and take the lead for good with two runs in the fifth to send them on their way.
Morton struck out a career-high 12 over seven innings. All told, the A’s whiffed a total of 14 times, giving them a staggering 57 strikeouts over the past five games alone. Carlos Correa, Evan Gattis and Yuli Gurriel all drove in two runs for the American League West-leading Astros.
Starting pitching report
Cotton (2-3) heaved 30 pitches in a three-run first that had to be frustrating for him. It included the first of two catchers’ interference calls with Reddick batting. Cotton also got called for a balk when the ball slipped out of his hands while he was on the mound. With two outs, Carlos Beltran beat out an RBI infield single to the left side. Then Gurriel singled home a run and Gattis lofted a fly ball down the right field line that landed just fair and went for a run-scoring ground rule double. Cotton was trying to keep it a tie game in the fifth when Gattis got to him for an RBI single past Adam Rosales at shortstop to put Houston ahead 5-4.
Cesar Valdez gave up three runs over three innings, as the Astros padded their lead in the late going.
At the plate
Davis’ two homers gives the A’s 29 for the month of April, the most they’ve hit in April since 2006, when they had 34. But the strikeouts are a mounting problem, and the A’s need to start finding more consistent sources of offense.
In the field
Reddick hurt the A’s with two hits and reached base four times overall, as he became just the seventh player in major league history to reach twice in one game on catcher’s infernece. But he also made an outstanding catch in right to rob Ryon Healy with two aboard in the eighth.
The announced turnout was 28,472.
Andrew Triggs (3-1, 2.42) will look to rebound from a shaky start against Seattle, and he’ll be opposed by Joe Musgrove (1-1, 5.91) in Saturday’s 4:10 p.m. game.