Instant Replay: Jimenez, Indians shut down A's

Instant Replay: Jimenez, Indians shut down A's
August 17, 2013, 8:30 pm
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The A's were held hitless by Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez until Josh Donaldson singled in the sixth. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Former A's fan favorite Nick Swisher had a solo home run and two RBI for the Indians. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- It had the look and feel of a playoff game, a sold-out crowd taking in two teams chasing the playoffs.

But that's where the similarities ended.

Cleveland looked the part, Oakland did not, and the Indians came away with a 7-1 victory Saturday night to tie the three-game series at one game apiece.

The A's did not get a hit until the sixth inning and ended with just three, while stranding nine runners on the night.

Former A's fan favorite Nick Swisher had a solo home run and two RBI for the Indians.

Oakland (69-53) fell 1 1/2 games behind Texas--which beat Seattle--in the American League West, and allowed the Indians to climb within 3 1/2 games of the A's for the second wild card spot as Baltimore is now three back of Oakland.

Starting pitching report
Traffic in the streets surround the Coliseum complex thanks to the circus at Oracle Arena and a sellout crowd for Yoenis Cespedes bobblehead day kept Dan Straily out of the A's clubhouse until well after stretch was done and batting practice had begun. The Indians jumped him with a two-run first inning that lasted 31 pitches.

The right-hander gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, four walks -- his most since May 15 -- and seven strikeouts in his season-high 103 pitches (58 strikes).

Interestingly enough, five of his seven K's were looking. Straily fell to 6-7 on the season.

Bullpen report
Jerry Blevins gave up a solo home run to Michael Bourn in the seventh.

Jesse Chavez, helped by three spectacular plays from shortstop Eric Sogard, had a clean eighth, but was touched up for three runs in the ninth, two inherited by Pat Neshek.

At the plate
The A's were held hitless by Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez until Josh Donaldson singled with two out in the sixth, driving in Josh Reddick. In fact, while the A's were flirting with being no-hit, they did have four walks and a hit batter before Donaldson broke up Ubaldo's no-no attempt on his 105th pitch. Reddick ended up with two of the A's three hits on the night.

In the field
Bob Melvin has said time and again how the A's did not know what they had in catcher Stephen Vogt, until he was rushed into action with injuries to Derek Norris and John Jaso. What they have in Vogt is an arm that opposing would-be base-stealers have to respect.

Vogt gunned down Drew Stubbs at second base in the second inning, giving Vogt six caught base stealers in 16 attempts (27.2 percent). By comparison, Norris is 7-37 (15.9 percent).

Attendance
There was a definite playoff atmosphere at the O.co Coliseum as the A's announced a crowd of 35,067, the 11th sellout of the season, many of whom came for the Yoenis Cespedes bobblehead…and stayed for the game.

Tweet o' da game
if his offensive #'s catch on fire, you can chalk up another Gold Glove for @joshreddick16!! What a seed he threw! -- @cruzer1229, on right fielder Josh Reddick throwing out Drew Stubbs at third base trying to tag up from second in the fifth inning. Yes, it was pretty.

Up next
Tommy Milone (9-9, 4.39 ERA) will be starting in place of Bartolo Colon, who will be placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin. Milone was shipped down to triple-A Sacramento to find himself and in two minor league starts the left-hander rediscovered his control, allowing two earned runs in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 15, walking one and surrendering 16 hits. Left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-5, 4.18) will start for the Indians. He has faced the A's 18 times, all starts, in his career and is 10-5 with a 3.77 ERA against them.