Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 6, Orioles 1


Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 6, Orioles 1


The A's hit the century mark of the season, winning their 100th game 6-1. As the team hit triple digits, these are the numbers that really matter -- the A's are 10 games over .500, are 18-3 in July, have won nine of their last 10 games, and are just 3.5 games behind the American League West-leading Texas Rangers.At the PlateYoenis Cespedes continues to amaze. This time he put a monster hack on a hanging slider that landed with a thud 10-plus rows deep in left field. The ball was on the outside part of the plate but that didn't stop the powerful slugger from arching out with his bat and somehow pulling it out of the park.Cespedes now has 14 home runs and nine of them have come with a runner on base. He tried to admire his blast at home but he didn't have much time to do -- the ball left the yard very quickly. He added an RBI-triple in the eighth inning driving in Jemile Weeks. He went the other way on an outside pitch perfectly and then turned on the jets, flying around the bases before gliding into third.Kurt Suzuki doubled with one out in the fifth inning. That wasn't the impressive part of what he did in this game. Next, Eric Sogard softly singled to right field, as Suzuki hustled around third he beat the throw home with an awkward rolling hook slide to score the A's third run. The cather started the slide on his back reaching out toward the plate with his left hand, then the momentum of his body took him into a full barrel roll across the plate. Not to be outdone by Cespedes, Chris Carter launched a mammoth two-run blast of his own to left field in the sixth inning. Carter now has eight homers this season -- five of them have come against righties. That is impressive considering the fact that Carter had been used primarily in a platoon against left-handed pitchers.Starting Pitching ReportBartolo Colon had his two-seam fastball working but home plate umpire Marvin Hudson wasn't calling it for a strike early in the game. Colon's two-seamer has late movement that breaks in over the plate left to right. He threw the pitch several times with two strikes only to have it called a ball. It was on that pitch that Chris Davis was caught looking to end the fifth.Colon lasted 5.2 innings and scattered seven hits. He struck out five batters and walked just one. He got his seventh win of the season.
He left with runners on the corners and two outs. A's manager Bob Melvin was right not to let Colon finish the inning. Omar Quintanilla, who was 2 for 2 against Colon, was due up when Melvin pulled the veteran starting pitcher.Bullpen ReportJordan Norberto entered the game in relief of Colon. He struck out Quintanilla to end the inning. Norberto stayed in the game for the seventh inning. He escaped unscathed despite allowing a single and seeing the leadoff hitter reach on an error. Norberto collected an out in the eighth before being lifted after allowing a single.Evan Scribner took it the rest of the way. He pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a run on a solo homer to Nick Markakis.In the FieldNorberto didn't get much help defensively in the seventh inning. The first batter in the frame, Taylor Teagarden, reached first on an error by Brandon Inge. The second batter reached first on what could have been a double play when Sogard dropped the ball on the exchange. Davis reached on a bloop single to left that Cespedes decided to play on a hop -- it looked like it could have been easily caught. Fortunately for the A's they escaped the inning unscathed.Cespedes was moved to center field prior to the eighth inning to replace Coco Crisp who left the game with hamstring tightness. Cespedes flashed his defensive skill in center on a deep ball into the gap. He was playing shallow but made a great read on the ball, taking a perfect angle and using his speed to make a backhanded catch just in front of the wall.
Up NextThe A's will go for the sweep in Baltimore with Travis Blackley (3-2, 2.69 ERA) on the mound. The Australian-born lefty is 3-0 in his last seven starts.They will be opposed by the sixth left-handed pitcher in their last seven games -- Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.82 ERA). Chen has lost one game in his last three starts.

A's lineup: After big debut, Barreto moves up vs White Sox

A's lineup: After big debut, Barreto moves up vs White Sox

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A day after hitting his first major league home run from the seventh spot, Franklin Barreto moves up five spots in Sunday's lineup.

Oakland A's:
1. Rajai Davis (R) LF
2. Franklin Barreto (R) 2B
3. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Josh Phegley (R) C
7. Matt Olson (L) RF
8. Adam Rosales (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Sonny Gray -- RHP

Chicago White Sox:
1. Alen Hanson (S) 2B
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
4. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
5. Todd Frazier (R) DH
6. Matt Davidson (R) 3B
7. Tim Anderson (R) SS
8. Omar Narvaez (L) C
9. Adam Engel (R) CF
Derek Holland -- LHP

Trio of A's rookies make history in win over White Sox

Trio of A's rookies make history in win over White Sox


CHICAGO -- The Oakland Athletics got a glimpse of their future on a day when the Chicago White Sox paid tribute to their past.

Matt Olson hit his first two major league home runs, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also launched their first career shots and the A's routed the White Sox 10-2 on Saturday.

Barreto homered in his big league debut. He joined Olson and Brugman in becoming the second trio of teammates to hit their first homers in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau said. It also happened in 1914 with the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League - the rival circuit lasted a couple of seasons, and included many big leaguers.

"They said something about it was the first time it has happened in a while. It's awesome to be able to share that moment with guys that I already built relationships with," said Olson, who played with Brugman and Barreto in the minors.

Former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle had his No. 56 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony. After the 30-minute tribute ended, the A's roughed up James Shields (1-1).

Daniel Gossett (1-2) took advantage of an early 6-0 lead for his first win in the big league. He gave up two unearned runs in six innings.

"It was a special experience for everyone. To get out of there with my first win was just the icing on the cake. It was an awesome experience to be a part of and I'm glad I was here," Gossett said.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected for the second straight game. He threw his hat to the ground and was tossed, right after third baseman Todd Frazier was ejected for showing his displeasure over a replay review that wasn't reversed.

"I thought it was quick," Frazier said. "I said some things that were borderline, I guess. But at the same time, it's just frustrating, man. You can't get the call right in New York as well, and they've got every different angle. They can zoom in as close as possible, and to think that they cannot make that call is just frustrating with the technology we have today. It's just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does."

After a leadoff walk in the first, Olson homered to right. He added a two-run homer in the seventh. He was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday and is in fourth stint with the club.

Brugman hit a solo drive in the second. Barreto had a two-run homer in the third.

Barreto, a top prospect in the Oakland organization, was called up after shortstop Chad Pinder injured his hamstring Friday night and was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Barreto was a late addition to the lineup at second base when Jed Lowrie couldn't play after a mild knee injury he sustained Friday night. The newcomer went 2 for 5 and scored twice.

"Of anybody, you're not surprised. We've seen him hit homers in his first spring training at-bats, so not a total shock. But I think everybody kind of looked around and said, `Wow, I can't remember that ever happening before,'" A's manager Bob Melvin.

Shields gave up six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He allowed three home runs in his second start since a two-month DL stint.

Buehrle's number was stenciled onto the dirt behind second base. He went 161-119 with a 3.83 ERA in 390 appearances for Chicago from 2000-11. The lefty pitched two no-hitters for the White Sox, including a perfect game, and helped them win the 2005 World Series.

White Sox: All signs are pointing to LHP Carlos Rodon making his season debut sometime next week. Rodon, who has been out with a biceps bursitis injury, pitched Friday night for Triple-A Charlotte. Renteria was satisfied with the reports after his fourth rehab start.

"Another start last night. He went 4 1-3, 93 pitches. Actually, in talking to everybody, he threw pretty well. Had a couple miscues in the field that were probably limited his outing. He felt good, pain-free, we're very happy with that. According to the reports, the slider was working very well. He's on track to come on back," Renteria said.

Gossett said the Oakland hitters made it easy for him in his third major league start.

"To see guys I've played with a little bit last year and this year, to see Barreto get his first hit and other guys get their first home runs, it's really special for them and I'm glad I was part of it," he said.

With wins Friday and Saturday, the A's snapped a streak of losing nine consecutive road series.

Despite the rough start, Shield reached 2,000th career strikeouts.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (2-3) is scheduled to start Sunday. He is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA over his last five starts.

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland (5-7) is 1-4 with a 9.55 ERA and nine home runs allowed over his last five starts.