Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 2, Mariners 1

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 2, Mariners 1

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OAKLAND -- It almost seems criminal that Josh Reddick will be spending the All-Star break at home. He further proved he belongs among the league's elite with a walk-off double in the 13th inning to defeat the Mariners 2-1. The A's are .500 at the All-Star break. They are now 6-2 in extra inning games, and 16-10 in games decided in the seventh inning or later. At the PlateThe A's got an early run off Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez. Coco Crisp and Jemile Weeks started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Crisp ended up scoring on an infield single by Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes ended up leaving the game with a left thumb sprain. The injury appeared to happen after stealing second base in the first inning.The A's got back-to-back singles again to start the fifth inning. They ended up squandering the scoring opportunity though. Cliff Pennington, who hit the leadoff single, was picked off at second base when Weeks missed a bunt attempt. The mistake proved to be a costly one as the A's failed to score a run in the frame.Mistakes like that tend to be costly when opposing a former Cy Young-award winner. Hernandez ended up throwing 7.2 innings, allowing one run, six hits, and three walks. He struck out six A's batters.In the 10th inning they got another opportunity to score when Pennington hit another leadoff single. Crisp laid down a sacrifice bunt but Pennington was thrown out at second. Then Crisp was picked off at first base. With two outs Weeks reached on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the A's couldn't score. Weeks got a leadoff single in the 13th and Reddick drove him in with a walk-off double to left-center field. Starting Pitching ReportA's starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was incredibly efficient. He threw 93 pitches and only 14 of them were balls. He ended up throwing 8.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing only one earned run. Colon threw a first-pitch strike to 32 of the 34 batters he faced and didn't allow a walk.Colon carved through the Mariners lineup with ease. He gave up a single to start the game and then was perfect until the sixth inning. He retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. It wasn't until the sixth inning that the Mariners snapped a streak of 17 straight hitters retired. With two outs they recorded three hits in a row to tie the game. Bullpen ReportRyan Cook entered the game in relief of Colon with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out Miguel Olivo to end the inning with runners on second and third. He came back out and pitched a flawless 10th inning. Sean Doolittle pitched the 11th. He struck out Saunders swinging on a 95-mph fastball. He struck out John Jaso swinging on a 94-mph fastball. And got Kyle Seager swinging on a 93-mph pitch.In the FieldDerek Norris committed his first big league error when he dropped a foul pop up. Brandon Moss also mishandled a ball at first base to start the seventh inning, he was charged with an error as well. None of the bad plays ended up costing the A's anything more than a few extra Colon pitches. AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 20,075. It was turn-back-the-clock-day at the ballpark. The A's were donning the 1955 uniform of the Oakland Oaks. The Mariners were wearing the uniforms of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fake Elvis Presley sang the National Anthem after entering the building in a pink Cadillac. He also performed his hit single Blue Suede Shoes. Dot RaceIn lieu of the Dot Race, the A's did an Elvis race. He won. Up NextThe A's get four days off for the All-Star break before taking on the Twins in Minnesota. When they return to action on July 13, A.J. Griffin will be on the mound. He will be followed by Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker. Griffin (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will be taking on Francisco Liriano (3-7, 5.08 ERA).

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

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The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.