A's notes: When they score, they win, etc.


A's notes: When they score, they win, etc.


OAKLAND -- The A's averaged a whopping 1.33 runs per game over nine games to close May and open June. They lost all nine of those games.

With a chance to suffer a 10-game losing streak on June 2, the A's put up nine runs and haven't looked back. Since their losing streak, the A's are 10-6 and averaging 5.81 runs per game.

Even after the recent tear, the A's are 26th in MLB in total runs scored with 254 in 68 games (3.73 runs per game).

The question is, who are the real Oakland A's? Seth Smith, who entered Tuesday's win over the Dodgers batting .433 with three home runs over his last 10, thinks he knows. "This is the norm as opposed to the exception," Smith said.

But Smith's claim seemed to contradict the night his team had at the plate. True, they put up three runs in the first inning. But an error by Tony Gwynn Jr. helped, and the A's finished the night 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

The A's drew 10 walks Tuesday, but they left 12 runners on base. While the three runs were enough for an on-point Brandon McCarthy, everyone in the clubhouse knows the team has to do better with opportunities that are handed to them.

"That plays on your emotions a little bit when you continue to have guys on base and you can't get 'em in," manager Bob Melvin said. But the patience of being able to make 'em work, get 'em out of the game early and get several guys in the game is good to have as the series goes on. But you'd like to be able to take care of those opportunities. We didn't."

Bartolo Colon is not on the DL...yet. His strained right oblique is like to land him there, though.

"There's reasons we haven't put him on the DL, but there's a good chance he'll go on," Melvin acknowledged. "When, I'm not sure yet."

Jordan Norberto made his first, and potentially only rehab appearance with the Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday night.

He pitched one inning in the River Cats' 5-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies. He struck out Brock Bond and Francisco Peguero and got Eli Whiteside to fly out to right.

Norberto was placed on the DL retroactive to May 31 with a strained left shoulder. In 21 appearances this season with the A's he is 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA and one save.

Coco Crisp stole three bags in a game for the fifth time in his career Tuesday. The third was his franchise-record 36th consecutive successfully swiped bag.

Stan Javier previously held the A's record with 28.

The American League record for consecutive successful steals is owned by Ichiro Suzuki (45). The MLB record is held by Vince Coleman (50).

Grant Balfour's enters to Metallica blaring from the Coliseum loudspeakers, and the right field bleacher clan loves it. The heavy drums and guitar elicit a unique cheer, and it's tough to tell exactly what's going on amidst the chaos. They are either pantomiming racing Lance Armstrong on one of those hand-powered recumbent bicycles or trying to match Manny Pacquiao punch for punch. Either way, it's a lively scene in right field with Balfour warming up.

Balfour didn't give them reason to keep it up, though, walking the first batter he faced on four pitches.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017


The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.