Pratt's Instant Replay: Orioles 9, Athletics 5


Pratt's Instant Replay: Orioles 9, Athletics 5


OAKLAND -- The A's couldn't find a way to sweep the Orioles on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum but they still managed to win the series. Baltimore took the series finale with 8-4 win. It was an uncharacteristically wild day for the A's pitching staff. They used a season-high seven pitchers and combined for nine walks.Starting Pitching ReportRookie starting pitcher Dan Straily had major issues with Baltimore's catcher Matt Weiters. In the second inning Straily allowed a solo homer on a 2-2 slider to Wieters that looked like it caught a little too much of the plate. Wieters got him again on a fastball, cranking another solo homer to right field to leadoff the fourth inning. The third time Wieters stepped to the plate was in the fifth inning and he was greeted with an intentional walk to load the bases.After walking Wieters, Straily issued a two-out free pass to Mark Reynolds scoring the Orioles' fourth run. That ended his day.A's starting pitchers had walked three or fewer batters in each of their last 44 games which is the longest streak since for the A's since at least 1921. The five walks allowed by Straily snapped the streak. He lasted four and two-third innings, allowed four runs, and five hits.In the third inning Straily gave up a game-tying single on a tough ball hit to Josh Donaldson that the third baseman couldn't come up with.Bullpen ReportTravis Blackley entered with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He was able to stop the bleeding by getting Manny Machado to ground out to end the frame. He remained in the game for the sixth inning but was pulled with two runners on and one out. He allowed a single and a walk.Evan Scribner entered in relief of Blackley. He allowed a sharp single to right field to load the bases and was pulled for Pedro Figueroa. With the bases loaded and one out Figueroa threw one pitch inducing a foul pop out. A's manager Bob Melvin then brought in his fourth pitcher of the inning, Tyson Ross. He struck out Jones swinging to end the inning. Four pitchers combined to hold the Orioles scoreless in a key situation in the sixth inning.Ross remained in the game for the seventh inning and got himself into a jam. He walked the first two batters in the inning and then allowed an RBI double to Manny Machado and a two-run single to Endy Chavez to give the Orioles a 7-2 lead.Jim Miller was the sixth pitcher used. He allowed a single then struck out the side in the seventh inning. He remained in the game and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.Jesse Chavez pitched the ninth inning. He gave up back-to-back doubles to start the inning putting the Orioles up by four runs. He was tagged for another RBI single off the bat of Chris Davis making it a 9-4 game.At the PlateJosh Reddick stepped to the plate in the first inning and smoked a 2-0 slider deep into the right field stands for his 29th homer of the season. The ball almost had the distance to hit the facing of the second deck. It gave the A's a 2-0 lead. He also added a two-out ninth inning RBI single.After Reddick's homer, Yoenis Cespedes reached on a double and Chris Carter followed with a walk. Josh Donaldson grounded into a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning.The A's put two runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings but failed to score.In the eighth inning the A's got back in striking distance. Donaldson reached on a single and Stephen Drew crushed his second homer in as many days to make it a 7-4 game.In the FieldIn the sixth inning Drew made a full extension dive ranging to his right, sat up and tossed the ball to second base for the force out. Drew has really turned some heads in Oakland with his defense.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 20,539. It was Fiesta Day at the Coliseum.Dot RaceThe A's did a festive version of the dot race with Spanish language commentary by Amaury Pi-Gonzalez. White won the race. White has won 1,024 races, gold has won five, and green has only won three.Up NextThe A's will use their final day off the season to travel to Detroit. They will pick up where they left off on Tuesday with A.J. Griffin (6-0, 1.94 ERA) on the mound. He will be opposed by Max Scherzer (16-6, 3.77 ERA).

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

MESA, Ariz. -- A's left fielder Khris Davis confirmed that he won't play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Davis said he felt "terrible" about the decision, but that he wanted his undivided attention to be on preparing for his second season with Oakland.

"I kind of feel over-extended," he said shortly before the A's hit the field for their first full-squad workout of the season.

Coming off a season where he clubbed a career-best 42 home runs with 102 RBI, Davis said he wouldn't dwell on the incredibly slow start he had in 2016 or the monster numbers he proceeded to put up after that. But he's ready to help the A's try to rebound from back-to-back last place finishes.

"There's a lot of excitement, I can feel it."

A's spring training update Day 5: Rainfall makes for short workout

A's spring training update Day 5: Rainfall makes for short workout

MESA, Ariz. — The rain indeed hit Saturday, cutting into the A’s plans for the morning.

They wound up sending a group of pitchers from the minor league facility back to Hohokam Stadium to get their throwing in. But by the time the A’s called it a day shortly before 10:30 a.m., manager Bob Melvin said everyone who was scheduled to throw off the mound got to do so.

Sunday’s forecast calls for possible rain to throw another wrench in things. But the weekend’s weather predictions haven’t exactly been spot-on with the timing of showers, so who knows how it will unfold as Oakland hits the field for its first official full-squad workout of 2017.

The workout will begin about 11 a.m. at the minor league facility (Lew Wolff Training Complex) if the current plans hold.

HEALTH UPDATE: Sean Doolittle said there’s no timetable yet for him to throw off a mound for the first time in camp. Part of that caution stems from last spring. Doolittle, who’s been sidelined for big portions of the past two seasons with shoulder issues, went full bore from the start of camp last year, then had to back off for a bit in the middle of camp and then cram several game appearances into the final stage of exhibitions to ensure he was ready for the regular season.

This spring, the idea is to go light early in camp before gradually ramping things up for the rest of the spring and leading into the season, Doolittle said. Melvin said once the lefty begins appearing in exhibitions, he’ll be on a regular schedule like the other relievers.

“It’s just a matter of when we get him in there,” Melvin said.

Doolittle already had thrown off the mound in pre-camp workouts, so he said he’s not concerned about being held back right now.

NOTEWORTHY: By Saturday, the most noteworthy position player who hadn’t yet been spotted in the clubhouse was left fielder Khris Davis. Players aren’t required to actually show up by reporting day, just check in with the team. The first full-squad workout is Sunday.

The A’s still don’t have a timetable for reliever Santiago Casilla’s arrival, though a team spokesperson said the wheels are in motion for his travel paperwork to soon be cleared in the Dominican Republic.

ODDS AND ENDS: Pitchers will throw live batting practice to hitters Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the A’s will hold simulated games and Thursday will feature more of an intrasquad-style game with an actual defense playing behind the pitcher as he throws to hitters. It’s all in preparation for next Saturday’s Cactus League opener on the road against the Cubs.