Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 2, Rangers 0


Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 2, Rangers 0


OAKLAND -- The Texas Rangers currently lead the American League with a .280 batting average. They have a lineup stacked with hitters that feast on the fastball. Bartolo Colon throws almost nothing but fastballs. In fact, 89 percent of the pitches he throws are fastballs. On paper, it seemed like a recipe for disaster. That's why they play the games. The A's shut down the Rangers' potent offense with pitching and defense, winning 2-0.Starting Pitching ReportColon flat-lined the Rangers' bats for eight innings. He retired the last 11 hitters he faced. He struck out five, and only walked one hitter. It was his fifth win of the season.If Colon pitched the ninth, he could have become the third oldest pitcher to throw a shutout. The Rangers have not been shut out this year. At the PlateYoenis Cespedes hit a double in the second inning and was driven in by Brandon Inge, making it 1-0.
In the fourth inning, Josh Reddick hit a double and was driven in by Cespedes, making it 2-0. In the sixth inning, Cespedes reached for an outside pitch and drove it to right field. Cruz dove for it and missed as Cespedes motored around the bases for a triple. Cespedes finished the night 3-for-3, a homer shy of the cycle.
After getting called up from Triple-A on Wednesday, Brandon Moss went 0-for-3 in his A's debut. Bullpen ReportBrian Fuentes pitched the ninth inning for the save. He faced the heart of the Rangers lineup. He is now 5 for 7 in save opportunities. In The FieldThe A's defense was stellar in the second inning. Reddick robbed Nelson Cruz of a hit with a head-first diving catch for the first out. Then with the bases loaded, Moreland hit a sharp grounder to Weeks. Weeks flipped the ball to Pennington, who was able turn the inning-ending double play before Napoli broke it up sliding into second. In the third inning, the A's turned another double play. Then Cespedes ranged all the way to the foul line on the run robbing Hamilton with a sliding catch. After making the catch, he popped up to his feet and waved his arms in celebration.
AttendanceThe A's announced that 15,044 were in attendance. Those that were in the house can say they witnessed... Dot RaceRed won the dot race for a second night in a row. Up NextThe press box contains some familiar faces. Some of the Japanese media that we got familiar with during Hideki Matsui's stay last year, are here to see Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.34 ERA). He will be opposed by Brandon McCarthy (4-3, 2.95 ERA). Darvish has faced the A's one time. He allowed one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. McCarthy allowed four runs in his last start against the Rangers. He was shut down with shoulder soreness after that start.

Instant Replay: Casilla blows save in 10th, Angels walk off in 11th

Instant Replay: Casilla blows save in 10th, Angels walk off in 11th


ANAHEIM – After the A’s appeared to deal a knockout blow in the 10th inning, the Angels countered and ended up handing the A’s their first walk-off loss of 2017.

Kole Calhoun’s two-out single off Ryan Madson in the 11th scored Danny Espinosa and Los Angeles hung a 2-1 loss on the A’s on Tuesday to open a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

Mike Trout hit a game-tying homer off Santiago Casilla to lead off the bottom of the 10th. That came right after A’s pinch hitter Josh Phegley broke a scoreless tie by hitting the first pitch of the top of the 10th for a homer to right-center off Jose Alvarez.

For two teams who didn’t advance a single runner past first base through the first nine innings, the A’s and Angels packed a lot of excitement into the extra frames.

Phegley delivered the A’s first pinch homer in extras since Chris Carter hit one against Seattle on July 6, 2012. After Trout answered with his homer, Albert Pujols lined a single off Casilla, who came in having allowed opponents just one hit over 23 at-bats this season. Ben Revere pinch-ran for Pujols and stole second, representing the winning run with no outs. But Casilla buckled down and stranded him there to keep it a 1-1 game.

Espinosa led off the bottom of the 11th with a single off Madson, then Martin Maldonado executed a two-strike sacrifice bunt to move him to second. With two outs, Calhoun lined his game-winner to left-center, and Espinosa easily beat Jaff Decker’s throw to the plate.

A’s starter Jesse Hahn was outstanding, facing just two batters over the minimum over eight innings and limiting the Angels to one hit. The only problem was the A’s couldn’t get anything going on their end against right-hander J.C. Ramirez, who threw seven scoreless innings. All told, they struck out 11 times against five Angels pitchers.

Starting pitching report:
Hahn was as dialed in as he’s been wearing an A’s uniform. Manager Bob Melvin talks often of the upside he thinks the right-hander has, and Hahn demonstrated that Tuesday. He coaxed 12 ground-ball outs but also showed a good curve ball and struck out six. Hahn walked two, but after the one single he gave up to Marte in the fifth, he promptly picked Marte off first.

Bullpen report:
Sean Doolittle threw a perfect ninth to send the game into extra innings scoreless, and he struck out Kole Calhoun with two nasty sliders. Looking to protect a 1-0 lead in the 10th, Casilla fell behind Trout 2-0 and Trout sliced a homer to the right field corner that landed just inside the foul pole.

At the plate:
The A’s mustered just five hits total.

Ryon Healy, hitting .524 over his previous seven games entering the night, got a start in the No. 2 spot and struck out swinging four times in five at-bats.

The A’s got the leadoff hitter aboard in four of five innings from the fourth through the eighth but couldn’t cash in. And with the strong-armed Martin Maldonado behind the plate for the Angels, Oakland couldn’t jump-start things on the bases. Jaff Decker was thrown out at second so easily in the fourth that he didn’t even bother to slide, as it appeared either him or Healy missed a sign.

In the field:
In line with how well Hahn was dealing, the A’s defense played stingy. Matt Joyce made a diving catch in right to rob Jefry Marte to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Jed Lowrie made a nice play from the outfield grass to retire Danny Espinosa in the sixth. Credit Hahn for keeping his infielders engaged with so many ground-ball outs.

The announced turnout was 30,124.

Up next:
In the middle contest of this three-game set, Sean Manaea (1-1, 4.43) squares off against Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.98) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Shoemaker’s six homers allowed are tied for third most in the American League.


A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

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After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.

Oakland A's:
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP