Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 6, Athletics 0


Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 6, Athletics 0


ANAHEIM -- The A's will certainly be happy to bid adieu to Jered Weaver for the rest of the regular season. The Angels' ace flat out dominated in his four starts against Oakland this season, going 3-0 with a one earned run over 30 13 innings. He pitched seven shutout innings of two hit ball earning the win on Thursday. The Angels beat the A's 6-0, snapping Oakland's six-game win streak and 12-game road win streak. The A's won the season series 10-9. At the PlateA's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Angels early with a sprained right wrist.
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Cespedes reached base with a walk in the top of the fourth inning. He slid hard into second base and collided with Angels' shortstop Erick Aybar on an inning-ending double play. After the collision, Aybar and Cespedes appeared to briefly exchange civil words and check on each other. It looked like Cespedes may have gotten inadvertently elbowed in the head. He planted his right wrist on the slide but it didn't appear that he jammed it. He winced in pain when jogging off the field. In the bottom of the fifth inning the A's took Cespedes out of the game. They put Brandon Moss in his place in left field and Chris Carter took Moss' spot at first base. At this time there's no official word on what the issue is. The A's are 70-38 with him in the starting lineup and 12-22 when he doesn't play. He had hit a home run in each of his last two games. Four of the A's first five hitters struck out against Weaver, who got off to a hot start. Jemile Weeks returned to the lineup for the first time since August 20 with a double in his first at-bat. It wasn't quite as glorious as it looks on the stat sheet as the ball was popped to a difficult to reach area and center fielder Mike Trout just missed robbing Weeks with a diving catch. Weeks also added a single and a stolen base in the eighth inning. He ended up 2 for 3. Starting Pitching ReportAnderson had only allowed two earned runs and issued two walks in four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He eclipsed his stellar earned run total by allowing five runs in the seventh inning on Thursday. The first came on a Torii Hunter home run to right field. The second scored when Aybar doubled and Mark Trumbo followed with an RBI single to center field. Wells followed with another single to put runners on first and second. Anderson struck out Vernon Wells for the second out of the inning. Trout then stepped to the plate with two outs and MVP chants and drew a walk to load the bases. That finished Anderson's day. Anderson had effectively shut down the Angels attack in the first six innings. His first true adversity came in the fifth inning, when Howie Kendrick his a leadoff double. He responded by inducing an Aybar ground out, striking out Mark Trumbo, and getting Vernon Wells to hit a routine grounder to short to end the inning. In the sixth inning he gave up a one-out, ground-rule double to Trout but didn't allow him to score. Bullpen ReportJesse Chavez made his A's debut with the bases loaded and two outs in relief of Anderson. He gave up a two-run single to right field to make it 4-0. Then with Albert Pujols batting, a passed ball scored Trout to make it 5-0. Hunter, who started the inning and scoring with a homer, hit a two-out RBI single to make it 6-0 game. Chavez was able to get Kendrick to ground out to end the inning. Three of the runs were charged to Anderson. AttendanceThe Angels announced an attendance of 38,029. Rally Monkey CameosAfter a six-run seventh inning in which the Angels sent 11 batters to the plate the monkey never surfaced. Apparently the Angels can rally sans monkeys. Up NextThe A's return home for a quick three game series with the Baltimore Orioles. It will be a duel of lefties as Tommy Milone (12-10, 3.90 ERA) takes on Joe Saunders (2-1, 4.23 ERA). Brandon McCarthy Tweet of the Day With this sweet new haircut and homemade Bane mask I'm off for a big day of yelling at tourists in Union Square. Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 13, 2012

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets


NEW YORK — Rookie Matt Chapman quickly atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that sent the Oakland Athletics over the Mets 3-2 Sunday, ending New York's four-game winning streak.

With the July 31 trade deadline nearing and far back in the NL wild-card race, the Mets now start a 10-game trip, and there's no telling whether veterans such as Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda will remain on the team when it returns to Citi Field.

Marcus Semien and Khris Davis also homered for Oakland, helping Bob Melvin post his 999th victory as a big league manager. Semien connected on the sixth pitch of the game, and Davis hit his 28th home run in the fourth.

Michael Conforto hit his 19th homer of the season and fifth of the Mets' 6-4 homestand that followed the All-Star break.

Oakland led 2-1 when Chapman opened the fifth with a double and moved up on a wild pitch by Rafael Montero (1-7). But with no outs, Chapman wandered too far from third base and was picked off by catcher Rene Rivera.

After the Mets tied it on an RBI grounder by Jose Reyes, Chapman launched a drive with two outs in the seventh. Chapman showed pop in the minors, and has homered four times since making his major league debut last month, including a drive Saturday night.

The Athletics made another mistake on the bases in the ninth when Jed Lowrie tried to steal second — with pinch-runner Rajai Davis already there, resulting in an out.

Rookie Daniel Gossett (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He snagged a line drive by Curtis Granderson just above his head in the fifth, preserving Oakland's one-run lead.

Santiago Casilla, a possible trade target in the next two weeks, worked the ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances. After Wilmer Flores singled with one out, pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes hit a flyball that got fans hollering it might leave the park, but it was caught way short of the warning track.

The A's improved to 3-10 in interleague play, still the worst mark in the majors. The start of the game was delayed 61 minutes because of rain.

Despite the defeat, it was not a total loss for Montero. He was 0 for 28 at the plate in his major league career before lining a two-out single in the fifth. He broke into a big smile and the ball was thrown into the Mets dugout for safekeeping.

Montero then scampered to third when Conforto struck out on a wild pitch that bounced toward the New York bench. Granderson's bid for a tying hit was caught by the right-handed Gossett, who took off his glove, rotated his left shoulder to work out a kink, spit, tilted his hat and shook his head as he slowly walked off the mound.


Athletics: Righty reliever Ryan Dull (strained knee) could rejoin the A's for the finale of the upcoming four-game series in Toronto. ... 1B Ryon Healy didn't start for the second straight game after getting hit in the head by a bad hop Friday.

Mets: Cespedes and INF Asdrubal Cabrera didn't start, with manager Terry Collins saying the veterans told him they could use a day off.


Athletics: RHP Chris Smith (0-0, 2.77 ERA) starts in Toronto vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (5-5, 6.15). Smith made his first major league start earlier this month at age 36.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (11-3, 3.37) has won seven straight starts. He has a 1.51 ERA in that span, striking out 50 and walking 10. He'll face Padres LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35).

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory


NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.