Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 8, Rockies 2


Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 8, Rockies 2


The A's extended the Colorado Rockies' losing streak to eight games, with a three-game sweep, winning 8-2 on Thursday. The A's offense erupted for 26 runs in the Rocky Mountains, and did so hitting nine home runs. They haven't hit that many homers in a three-game series since 2002, against the White Sox in Oakland. At the PlateThe A's hitters got on base in the first seven innings. They were able to knock out Rockies starting pitcher Alex White after four innings. He allowed four runs, only two were earned. Brandon Moss hit his fifth home run since joining the A's in the ninth inning. He also hit two doubles, finishing the day 3-for-5 with three RBIs. His second double in the game drove in two runs, making it 4-0. He now has eight hits this season, seven of them are extra-base hits. After Moss' first double, he came around to score along with Kurt Suzuki, when Rockies first baseman Tyler Colvin couldn't handle throw from third baseman Jordan Pacheco.In the eighth inning, Josh Reddick hit a home run into the second deck in right field, giving the A's a 5-0 lead. He hit 10 homers in the month of May, and hadn't hit one in June until Thursday. Reddick leads the team with 15 home runs. Coco Crisp also hit a one-run single to make it a 7-0 game in the ninth inning. Cliff Pennington drove in the A's eighth run with an RBI groundout.The A's loaded the bases in the fourth inning with one out, but Brandon Inge grounded into an inning-ending double play. In the sixth, the A's loaded them again but Inge flew out to left field.Starting Pitching ReportEntering Thursday's contest, A's starting pitchers were 1-2 with a 9.89 ERA over the last five games. Jarrod Parker stopped the skid, throwing seven shutout innings. He allowed three hits, and struck out six hitters. He was in complete control on the mound in a tough park for pitchers. He ended up throwing 89 pitches, 60 of them were strikes. Parker didn't allow a walk or a runner to reach second base until the sixth inning. In that frame, he got Marco Scutaro to ground out, and he struck out Carlos Gonzalez swinging to escape the jam. The former A's prospect, Gonzalez went 2-for-8 in the series. He didn't play on Wednesday. Bullpen ReportGrant Balfour pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief. Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth inning, allowing a homer to former Athletic Marco Scutaro. He also gave up an RBI-double to Tyler Colvin.In the FieldSuzuki made the most of a bad situation when one of Parker's pitches bounced in the dirt and off his chest guard; he was able to track down the ball a couple feet to his left and gun down Pacheco as he tried to advance to second.Up NextThe A's have concluded their road stretch of interleague play. They return home for nine games, starting with a three-game set with the Padres. The Dodgers and Giants follow.Travis Blackley (0-2, 4.97 ERA) will take the mound for the A's. He will be opposed by Anthony Bass (2-6, 4.38 ERA), who will be the starting pitcher for the Padres.

A's statement on Raiders: 'We would be sorry to see them leave'


A's statement on Raiders: 'We would be sorry to see them leave'

MESA, Ariz. — The Raiders’ approval to leave Oakland and relocate to Las Vegas comes as the A’s are contemplating where to build their own ballpark in Oakland, with the Coliseum site one of the options.

The A’s issued this statement Monday after the Raiders got the green light from NFL owners to bolt for Vegas:

“We understand the Raiders’ need for a new stadium. Oakland is an incredible sports town and we would be sorry to see them leave. We commend the city’s and county’s efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland. The Mayor and her team have worked incredibly hard to save the franchise. We are focused on, and excited about, our efforts to build a new ballpark in Oakland and look forward to announcing a location this year.”

The Raiders have one-year options to continue playing at the Coliseum for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and they plan to do so.

The A’s, meanwhile, are choosing between four different locations in Oakland to build a new venue — the Coliseum, Howard Terminal, a site near Laney College and one near Brooklyn Basin.

The Raiders’ decision to leave doesn’t necessarily mean the Coliseum moves into the lead for possible options for the A’s to build. The site is viable, and there’s great BART and freeway access. The Coliseum could be considered the safest option, perhaps, because it’s a tried-and-true site that has hosted three professional sports teams for decades. The A’s know what they’re dealing with there.

But the A’s also want a thriving entertainment area around their new ballpark, wherever that might be. That sort of “neighborhood” would have to be built from scratch at the current Coliseum site, which is isolated from the multitude of restaurants and bars that exist around AT&T Park, for example.

Dallas Braden joins NBC Sports California's A's TV coverage


Dallas Braden joins NBC Sports California's A's TV coverage

MESA, Ariz. — Watching A’s games on television was part of Dallas Braden’s earliest introduction to baseball.

Years later, he would get drafted by Oakland and pitch one of the greatest games in franchise history. It seemed inevitable he would eventually find his way back to the only major league franchise he ever played for.

Braden will join Jose Canseco and Dave Stewart as newcomers to NBC Sports California’s lineup of studio analysts for A’s Pregame and Postgame Live. Bip Roberts and Shooty Babitt also will return as part of the rotation to join host Brodie Brazil.

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Braden will continue in his role as a national analyst for ESPN. But the opportunity to return to the Bay Area and share his thoughts on all things green and gold is special to him.

“It might sound kind of cheesy, but it was a little emotional,” Braden said. “How I’m looking at it, it’s the first steps of getting back to being a part of the organization on more than just a surface level as a national guy. Now I’ll have the opportunity to dive in. It means a lot to me because I really do feel connected to the fan base as well. And I think it’s clear the organization has started a phase of transition. They have some new energy and new ideas from what I understand.”

Braden’s career stats — a 26-36 record and 4.16 ERA over five seasons — don’t tell his whole story. The left-hander was one of the A’s most unique and colorful personalities of the past decade.

Fans will remember him yelling at the baseball as he walked back to the mound after a pitch that missed the strike zone. He gushed with pride over his hometown of Stockton, to the point of getting “209” tattooed across his midsection.

But the afternoon that defined his career — and etched his name in A’s history — came on Mother’s Day, 2010, when Braden threw the 19th perfect game in major league history. Who could forget the snapshots of Braden embracing his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey? Or Lindsey’s memorable quote — “Stick It A-Rod!” — in reference to the run-in between Braden and Alex Rodriguez that took place weeks before when Rodriguez trotted over the mound while Braden was pitching?

The perfecto thrust Braden into the national spotlight. But aside from that magical day in front of the Coliseum crowd, his pitching career played out in unspectacular fashion. From that standpoint, it’s no surprise to hear Braden explain the lens through which he sees the game as a broadcaster.

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“(Superstars) drive the industry,” Braden said. “But I think the personal challenge I’ve taken on myself is to try and get folks to appreciate some of the things that superstars don’t do. Some of the things that the Adam Rosales’s of the game do, and why it’s important to do those things.

“Running out a grounder … there are still some guys that don’t (crave) the spotlight but get the dirt underneath their fingernails, and I appreciate that. I want (fans) to appreciate a guy that goes first to third on a single. That is my challenge.”

Braden pitched his final game for the A’s in 2011. He tried to make his way back until shoulder injuries finally forced him to retire in 2014. He got into broadcasting shortly after, and his outgoing personality and sense of humor are a natural fit for the camera.

“It’s really come full circle,” he said of being an A’s analyst. “I grew up watching the broadcasts, watching the games. I got to play in those games. And now here on the back end I’m getting to call those games.”