OAKLAND –- It was quick, efficient, drama-free … and exactly what the A’s needed.
They dispatched the Seattle Mariners 2-0 in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, ending a six-game losing streak at the Coliseum and avoiding a four-game sweep at the hands of the visitors.
It also helped ease the sting from earlier in the afternoon, when the bullpen couldn’t hold an eighth-inning lead in a 6-4 10-inning loss.
Drew Pomeranz (2-1), the long reliever making his first start in an A’s uniform, tossed five shutout innings to get the victory. Jim Johnson, in his first save opportunity since losing the closer’s role April 10, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the victory.
Surely the win will make it easier for the A’s to enjoy their day off Thursday in advance of a three-game series with Washington that starts Friday at the Coliseum. The time of game was a swift 2 hours, 21 minutes.
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Starting pitching report
Lefty Drew Pomeranz was making his first major league start since July 22 of last season, and Bob Melvin couldn’t have asked for more given the circumstances. Pomeranz delivered five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. He struck out five, effectively mixing in his curve and change with a fastball that sat in the 90-91 mph range. Pomeranz had been used predominantly in long relief this season, and though he struggled in a starting role with Colorado, Wednesday’s outing certainly gives the A’s brass something to think about with his starting potential.
Dan Otero pulled double duty, pithing in both games of the doubleheader and set the table for Johnson.
At the plate
The speed of Craig Gentry manufactured the A’s first run in the third inning. He reached on an infield single to shortstop, a ball that originally was ruled an error on Mariners shortstop Brad Miller but was correctly changed to a hit. Gentry was off and running on a 3-2 pitch to Jed Lowrie with two outs. And when Lowrie’s blooper fell in no-man’s land in shallow left field, Gentry never broke stride and wound up scoring from first. It was an unusual way to get an RBI, but Lowrie entered the game 1 for 13 for the series. He wasn’t about to quibble. Yoenis Cespedes made it 2-0 in the fourth when he drilled a low-and-away pitch from Erasmo Ramirez for a solo homer to left. It was his sixth homer of the season and his second in as many days.
In the field
The A’s committed one error that didn’t do any damage.
Attendance was announced at 17,337, though that number increases if you count the seagulls who circled the Coliseum most of the second game.
The Washington Nationals visit for three games starting Friday. The matchups: Tommy Milone (0-3, 5.86) vs. Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00), 7:05 p.m.; Saturday – Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91) vs. Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17), 6:05 p.m.; Sunday – Scott Kazmir (4-1, 2.64) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91), 1:05 p.m.