Padres vs. A's stat pack

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Padres vs. A's stat pack

The A's host the San Diego Padres in Oakland for the first time since 2000. The last 3 series between the 2 teams have been played in San Diego (2001, 2006 & 2009)
The A's lead the All-Time Series 14-8 including 6-2 at the Coliseum.
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The craziest game between the two clubs came on June 30, 1998 at the Coliseum. The A's pulled at a 12-10 victory that ended in unique fashion. With the scored tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 8th the A's scored 4 runs thanks to 2 bases-loaded walks by Trevor Hoffman and a 2-run single by Mike Blowers. In the top of the 9th the Padres scored 2 runs and had runners at 1st and 3rd with 2 outs against A's reliever Mike Fetters. That's when A's manager Art Howe called for the "Fake-to-3rd-throw-to-1st" play and it worked, catching pinch-runner Ruben Rivera off 1st base to end the game. (The Padres manager was Bruce Bochy)

The A's scored 8 runs in all 3 games of the series at Colorado. That is the first time scoring 8 runs in all 3 games of a 3-game series since scoring 10 in all 3 games in a 3-game series sweep of the Reds in 2004. (Scott Hatteberg was the A's 1st basemen in that series and went 6 for 10 with a Grand Slam, Double, 2 Walks and 7 RBI)

A's Offense in 3-Game Series at Colorado
.313 Average 8.7 RunsGame 26 Runs 35 Hits 9 Home Runs 6 Game Road Trip: .313 Avg, 6.7 RGM Brandon Moss joined Jack Cust as the only players in Athletics franchise history to hit 5 or more HR in their first 8 games as Athletics.
Great Starts with Athletics
Jack Cust

Brandon Moss
2007

2012 Games
7

8 AVG 0.346

0.308 HR 6

5 RBI 14

9 OPS 1.546

1.319
Most Home Runs as A's 1st Baseman in a SeasonSince 2007

Year
HR Games Dan Johnson 2007 14 97 Daric Barton 2010 10 157 Daric Barton 2008 9 134 Jason Giambi 2009 8 58 Nick Swisher 2007 6 44 Brandon Moss 2012 5 8

Josh Reddick
Last Season This Season ABS 254 241 HR 7 15 ABHR 36.3 16.1 Slug 0.457 0.531 HR Fly Ball 7 17
Travis Blackley will make another attempt at his first win since his Major League debut on July 1 2004.
If Blackley gets the win it will have been 7 Years, 350 Days between wins, the 4th longest stretch since 1961:

Most Time Between Wins Since 1961
Jim Bouton 1970-1978 8 Yrs, 65 Days

Vicente Romo 1974-1982 8 Yrs, 3 Days

Joe Grzenda 1961-1969 7 Yrs, 362 Days

The Padres come into Oakland after sweeping the Mariners in Seattle. It is the Padres first 3-game winning streak of the season.
Anthony BassLast 4 Starts
0-2 Record
8.14 ERA
.302 Opp Avg
2 Home Runs
11 Walks16 Strikeouts
ERA rose from 2.89 to 4.38

Carlos Quentin has come back to Earth after a torrid start since coming off the D.L.
First 7 Games Last 5 Games Avg 0.418 0.267 H-AB 13-27 15-Apr HR 5 0 Doubles 4 0 RBI 9 1 Runs 9 1 Ryan Cook's 2012 season is shaping up a lot like Huston Street's 2005 ROY season. Huston Street made the club out of spring training as part of the bullpen setting up Octavio Dotel. Both pitchers made 24 appearances before becoming the closer.
Rookie Year Comparison1st 24 Games

Huston Street Ryan Cook
2005 2012 Innings 27.2 26 ERA 1.95 0.69 Opp Avg 0.181 0.085 K9 IP 10.7 8.7 HR 0 0 Street took over closer role on June 2nd
and saved 23 of 25 Games (1.60 ERA)

This will be former A's Rookie of the Year Huston Street's 2nd time facing his former team. Last time was in 2009 with Colorado and Street saved all 3 games of a Rockies sweep.Huston StreetCareer Breakdown
With A's With ColSD Years 2005-08 2009-12 Games 247 184 Rec 21-12 9-Oct ERA 2.88 3.34 Saves 94 91 Blown Saves 27 11 SV 77 89

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

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

BOX SCORE

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.