Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 10, Angels 4


Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 10, Angels 4


OAKLAND -- A night after suffering their MLB-worst 13th shutout, the A's erupted for 10 runs against the Angels. Oakland hit four home runs en route to a 10-4 rout of their division rivals. C.J. Wilson hasn't won a game in his last eight starts. The A's tattooed him for six runs. At the PlateJonny Gomes got the scoring started with a solo homer to left field. It was his 12th of the year. Like the Petaluma National Little League team that defeated Nevada 10-6 to advance to the Western Regional Playoffs, Gomes had success at the plate on Tuesday. He also added an RBI single in the fifth inning. Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup and collected two infield singles. He now has 11 this season. After spraining his right wrist on Friday attempting to steal third base, he successfully swiped third on Tuesday night. He ended the night 2 for 5. Derek Norris stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the first, third and fourth innings. The first time he struck out looking to end the inning. The second time he hit a sharp grounder to third base that was completely missed by Alberto Callaspo. Two runs scored on the play making it 3-0 A's. The third time he hit a soft grounder to Wilson. Norris stepped to the plate in the sixth inning without the bases loaded. He smashed a pitch from David Carpenter onto the out of town scoreboard in left field. The umpires ended up reviewing the play and confirmed it was a two-run homer, which made the score 8-0. Adam Rosales followed with a line drive homer to left field and then did his patented home run sprint. It was his first of the year. Rosales also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Jemile Weeks cracked an RBI triple into the right field gap making it 5-0 in the third inning. Weeks leads the American League with eight triples this season. Josh Reddick sent bacon to the right field bleachers before the game to celebrate Bacon Tuesday. In the eighth inning he also sent them his 25th home run ball. He smashed a Jerome Williams sinker into the bleachers over the 362 sign. The A's smacked around Wilson and drew five walks. Wilson, who is infamous around these parts for saying the A's play "lawyer ball," and his criticisms of the Oakland fan base and their pitching mound -- was met with his typical "C.J. sucks" chants from the fans. They were sent home happy. Starting Pitching ReportBartolo Colon extended his scoreless inning streak to a career high 22 and one-third innings on Tuesday. His scoreless streak was snapped in the seventh inning on an unearned run. Colon set the tone early, striking out rookie phenom Mike Trout looking on a four-seam fastball, and Albert Pujols on a two-seam fastball. He carved up the Angels lineup for seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball. He threw 93 pitches -- 73 strikes -- and struck out five batters while walking none. He was in complete control on the mound. With the way the A's rookie pitchers have been struggling lately, the consistency of the 39-year-old veteran has been massive for this pitching rotation. Colon is now 10-6 in his career against the Angels. Bullpen ReportTravis Blackley entered the game and surrendered a homer to Trout. Trout's 20th homer of the season came on his 21st birthday. Trout is now one of five players to hit a homer run on his 21st birthday in MLB history (Ted Williams - 1939, Frank Robinson - 1956, Alex Rodriguez - 1996, Jason Heyward - 2010).Blackley also allowed a two-run homer to Erick Aybar in the ninth inning. In the FieldCoco Crisp made an unbelievable leaping catch to rob Kendrys Morales of a home run in the ninth inning. He tracked the ball all the way to the wall in center field and then leaped up and caught the ball at the height of his jump.Inge made a leaping snag on a hard liner hit by Maicer Izturis. Jemile Weeks was charged with an error in the seventh inning after bouncing a throw to Chris Carter. It looked like a play Carter should make. AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 15,458. Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. Funny how Blue lost every race during the Blue Jays series and now Red is in a slump with the Angels in town. Up NextDan Straily (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will take the mound in his second Major League start. He leads all of professional baseball this season with 180 strikeouts -- 175 in the minor leagues. Straily told me a story about taking BART to the Coliseum during a 2 Wednesday to watch the A's play the Angels when he was in college. He will now be on the mound in the exact same scenario. Zack Greinke (0-1, 5.14 ERA in the American League) will take the mound for the Angels in the rubber match. Greinke was acquired by the Angels in a big trade deadline deal.

A's lineup: Young faces throughout as Athletics start series vs White Sox

A's lineup: Young faces throughout as Athletics start series vs White Sox

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The latest A's youth movement embarks on its first road trip when they visit the south side of Chicago and the White Sox. Manager Bob Melvin has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

Chicago White Sox:
1. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
2. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
3. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Matt Davidson (R) DH
6. Tim Anderson (R) SS
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B
8. Kevan Smith (R) C
9. Adam Engel (R) CF
RHP -- Mike Pelfrey 

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Chad Pinder (R) SS
8. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
RHP -- Jharel Cotton


New-look A's continue the youth movement with Maxwell's arrival

New-look A's continue the youth movement with Maxwell's arrival

OAKLAND — The A’s set off for Chicago on Thursday evening to begin their next road trip, and how their dynamic has changed over the course of one week.

They began their most recent homestand by cutting ties with veteran third baseman Trevor Plouffe to make room for hotshot prospect Matt Chapman. On Thursday, catcher Stephen Vogt suffered the same fate as Plouffe, getting designated for assignment to make room for another young player in Bruce Maxwell.

The calendar may still read June, with more than half of the season remaining, but the A’s are cleaning house, undergoing a reboot and playing the rest of 2017 with an emphasis on what lies ahead.

Five of the nine position players in their starting lineup for Thursday’s 12-9 loss to the Houston Astros are what you would consider “future” guys — center fielder Jaycob Brugman, third baseman Ryon Healy, second baseman Chad Pinder, Maxwell and right fielder Matt Olson.

They will shuffle around the diamond a bit, and Olson may only stay with the big club until Chapman comes off the disabled list (though Olson’s full-time status in the bigs doesn’t seem far off). Regardless, the plan is crystal clear — the A’s are hitching their wagon to their young core and are prepared to let them develop at the major league level, with whatever successes and failures may come with the growth process.

“We do get excited about giving these guys playing time,” A’s general manager David Forst said before Thursday’s game.

The Astros finished off a four-game sweep of Oakland with their 12-9 victory, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and then holding on after the A’s mounted a late charge. Glance up and down the box score, and those key young players were instrumental in so much that went right for the A’s.

Maxwell went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Olson drove in two runs. Pinder had two hits and an RBI. Brugman chipped in an RBI single and walked twice. That was the silver lining on a day that starting pitcher Jesse Hahn struggled mightily, allowing nine earned runs in just two innings.

“These guys are gonna be important,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “The last thing you want to see when you’re down 10-0 is guys just cash it in, and that wasn’t the case. These guys all have something to play for. They’re playing for jobs. And in the future, starting jobs.”

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, middle infielder Franklin Barreto will join the mix from Triple-A Nashville. For now, an immediate storyline is the health of Chapman, who joined the 10-day disabled list with a case of cellulitis (bacterial infection) in his left knee. The A’s checked him into a hospital Wednesday night to get an intravenous antibiotic, after his condition “plateaued” with oral antibiotics, according to Forst.

He said Chapman is likely to leave the hospital Friday, and the A’s are hopeful the rookie third baseman will be able to return when he’s eligible to come off the D.L. His stint can be backdated to Monday, meaning Chapman is eligible to return next Thursday at Houston.

He’s part of the youth movement that resulted in Vogt getting shown the exit. Maxwell sent Vogt a text message wishing him the best Thursday morning, and Vogt quickly responded, wishing him the best. That meant a lot to Maxwell, who didn’t learn until Thursday morning that his roster spot was coming at Vogt’s expense.

But Maxwell said he’s excited to be surrounded by so many players that he’s advanced through the minors with.

“Once we get everybody acclimated to each other and the game up here,” he said, “I feel like we could potentially set up a turning point for this organization for years to come.”