Cespedes sizzles in Sacramento


Cespedes sizzles in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- Yoenis Cespedes' stat line tonight doesn't accurately represent how he looked at the plate. Officially he went 2 for 4. His two hits were hard-hit singles. His biggest hit, wasn't a hit at all though -- based on a strange call by the umpires. On the play in question, Cespedes smacked a screaming liner to the left field wall, but was called out at second base, because he allegedly didn't touch first base. Replays in the press box clearly showed that he touched the bag."He swinging the bat pretty good," manager Darren Bush said. "He went to all fields. He went to right, he went to left, he swung the bat really well."While the 8,729 announced fans in attendance got to see Cespedes in action, they didn't get to see Manny Ramirez. Ramirez concluded his 50-game suspension, and 10-game rehab stint Tuesday, as a result he couldn't play or be with the team during the game. Ramirez did spend the afternoon working out with the River Cats though. He will be back in action Wednesday, when the River Cats will put him on their 25-man roster.At The PlateFirst InningCespedes stepped to the plate with the bases empty, and one out. He popped up to the second baseman who was ranging toward the foul line in shallow right field.Third InningCespedes pulled a single between the third baseman and shortstop. Then with Michael Taylor batting he broke for second base. He would have had the base stolen, but Taylor cracked a single right past Cespedes, who advanced to third. Cespedes scored when Chris Carter hit a sacrifice fly to left.Fifth InningThis is how Cespedes' at-bat in the fifth reads on the gamecast: "Yoenis Cespedes grounds out. Pitcher Eric Hacker to first baseman Todd Linden."Here is what really happened: Cespedes crushed a line drive to the left field wall for a double. The Grizzlies complained to the umpires claiming that Cespedes didn't touch the first base bag. We looked at reviews in the press box and it appeared that he did indeed tough the bag. Either way, what matters most is that he made very solid contact on the ball.Seventh InningCespedes singled to right field with Luke Hughes on first. Hughes got thrown out trying to advance to third though. Cespedes looks locked in at the plate. He is hitting balls to both left and right field with decent contact.In The FieldCespedes played nine innings in left field. He didn't have one ball hit his direction.

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory


NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's


NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.