Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 7, Indians 0

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 7, Indians 0

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The A's need to capitalize on their remaining games against losing teams. At this point they are taking full advantage of the Cleveland Indians' struggles. With a 7-0 victory on Tuesday at Progressive Field, the A's have now won their last six games against the Indians. Oakland has 13 shutouts this season -- their last three have come against the Indians. The A's are now a season-high 14 games over .500 (71-57) and are tied for the top Wild Card spot in the American League.
At the PlateThe A's scored two runs on four singles in the second inning. Brandon Moss and Adam Rosales drove in the runs. Rosales' hit was a two-out RBI single. The A's ended up sending eight batters to the plate in the second, forcing Zach McAllister to throw 33 pitches. Seth Smith hit one of the second-inning singles and doubled with one out in the third inning. It appears he's adjusting to life as the designated hitter. Entering Tuesday he was hitting just .202 when serving as the team's DH. Moss drove in Smith with a mammoth home run to center field. Moss' 14th homer landed in the trees and bushes about 20 feet beyond the wall. Moss is making the most of the playing time he is getting. He is on a seven-game hitting streak and has collected a hit in 10 of his last 11 games. This, without playing every day. Chris Carter added to the A's lead with a solo homer of his own in the fifth inning. It was a towering drive to center field that barely fell over the fence. Carter has 12 homers this season. A's first basemen have combined for 24 homers this year -- Carter (10), Moss (10), Kila Ka'aihue (3), Daric Barton (1). That is a staggering number when looking at what some of the league's premium first basemen have done offensively -- Albert Pujols (26), Prince Fielder (23), Mark Teixeira (21), and Adrian Gonzalez (14).
Carter added an RBI double in the ninth inning to give the A's a 6-0 lead. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Smith scored on a wild pitch extending the lead to 7-0. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for the A's hitters. They struck out 16 times and the top of the lineup went 1-for-13.
Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone's demonstration of escapology on the mound would have even tantalized the likes of Harry Houdini. Naturally, his opening act began in the first inning. Jason Kipnis led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. He would end up stuck there as Milone wiggled his way out of trouble eventually stranding two runners. In the third inning, the Indians hit back-to-back two-out singles, but failed to score when Milone got Michael Brantley to line out to center field. Milone's magic act reached its grand finale as he allowed the Indians to reach second and third with no outs in the fourth inning. The rookie lefty responded by striking out the next two batters before getting Kipnis to ground out to third base and end the threat. When all was said and done, Milone stranded eight Indians on the bases and pitched out of several serious jams. He ended up scattering seven hits and one walk over six scoreless innings of work. He has won two starts in a row after a career-worst three-game losing streak. Bullpen ReportJerry Blevins gave the A's one and two-third innings of scoreless relief. He retired all five batters he faced before being lifted for Pat Neshek, who finished the eighth inning. Evan Scribner pitched the ninth inning with a seven-run lead. He preserved the shutout, retiring all three batters he faced. In the FieldJosh Donaldson made a slick charging play on a slow roller toward third base that he scooped up and tossed to first base to get the out. The play kept the Indians off the scoreboard and ended the fourth inning. Kipnis led off the game by hitting a ball into the right field gap. As JoshReddick attempted to stop the ball from getting to the wall it clanked off the top of his glove on a bounce. The reliable right fielder was charged with an error on the play. AttendanceThe Indians announced a crown of 13,413 at Progressive Field. Up NextThe A's will dip into their pitching depth and start Travis Blackley (4-3, 3.52 ERA) on Wednesday. It will be his 19th appearance and 12th start on the year. The Australian-born lefty is 3-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts. The Indians will counter with right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.32 ERA). He allowed one run against the Yankees over five innings in his last start.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

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Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

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After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP