The only thing that appears capable of slowing down the Oakland A’s right now is the schedule. The A’s are off Monday, which means their offense will cool down for at least one day. They spent three days in Cleveland knocking Indians pitchers silly, culminating with Sunday’s 13-3 blowout that completed a three-game sweep.
The A’s (28-16) have now won nine of their past 10, a stretch during which they have outscored opponents 71-18. They’ve swept five series on the season and move on to Tampa Bay, where they begin the second leg of this three-city road trip Tuesday.
Close your eyes and point to the box score. Chances are you’ll hit an Athletic who had a big day at the plate Sunday. Yoenis Cespedes had a career-high five RBI to lead the charge. Three of his teammates added multiple RBI, four players total had multiple hits and six different players scored runs.
Jesse Chavez (4-1) worked five innings to pick up the victory.
Starting pitching report
Chavez got off to a rough start, as he allowed a homer to Cleveland leadoff man Michael Bourn in the first. Michael Brantley also went deep in the fifth, but at that point, the A’s were already up 7-1. Chavez allowed six hits over five innings, walking three and striking out six. He’s given up four homers in his past two starts, but they’ve all been solo shots.
The A’s are trying to get Jim Johnson in situations where he can succeed and get some confidence rolling, but the right-hander continues to struggle. He relieved Chavez to start the sixth but walked three and hit a batter and couldn’t finish the inning.
At the plate
The A’s led 3-1 in the fifth when they rallied for four runs and chased Justin Masterson (2-3). Moss had an RBI double and Cespedes brought home two more runs with a double to center to highlight the inning. In the sixth, Moss brought home two more runs with a double down the right field line. He finished 3 for 3 with three RBI and four runs scored. Cespedes brought home two more with a two-run double in the eighth to complete his big day. Josh Reddick also had two hits and two RBI to cap a big series for the right fielder. Sunday’s game marked the fifth time in the past 10 games that the A’s scored eight-plus runs.
In the field
The A’s did get some bad news on the afternoon as shortstop Jed Lowrie left the game in the second inning with a neck strain. It wasn’t immediately clear how Lowrie injured himself. He’s listed as day-to-day. Nick Punto replaced him at short and looks to be the fill-in right now if Lowrie misses extended time.
After Monday’s day off, the A’s head indoors for three games at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tuesday – Drew Pomeranz (3-1, 1.14) vs. Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.89), 4:10 p.m.
Wednesday – Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.10) vs. Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.78), 4:10 p.m.
Thursday – Sonny Gray (5-1, 2.10) vs. TBA, 1:10 p.m.