Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 9, A's 2


Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 9, A's 2


OAKLAND -- With a combined 557 pounds on the mound, two of the American League's heavyweights traded blows at the Coliseum. Bartolo Colon the 2005 Cy Young-award winner, versus C.C. Sabathia the 2007 winner. Sabathia, a southpaw who hails from Vallejo, entered with the height, youth, and run support advantage. The Yankees knocked out Colon after six innings in a 9-2 win. The Yankees now have a .718 win percentage (23-9) against the A's since 2004, which is the best mark against the A's in Major League Baseball. Starting Pitching ReportColon lacked the usual late movement on his fastball. He allowed six runs, all earned, on nine hits -- two of which were homers. He struck out three and walked none. Colon's big inning came as a result of a defensive miscue that is detailed below. Sabathia got the win. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs. He struck out four and walked two A's hitters.At The PlateIt was a tough day at the office for Coco Crisp who grounded out with the bases loaded in the second inning, and grounded out in the fourth with a runner on third. Both at-bats came with two outs. It might be time for Bob Melvin to consider moving the veteran center fielder down in the lineup.Josh Reddick launched his 13th homer of the year in the third inning. Reddick has hit nine home runs in the month of May, the best month by an Athletic since Frank Thomas hit 10 in September of 2006. The A's have now hit 40 home runs in 46 games. Last season their 40th homer came in their 75th game. The A's scored first in the opening frame when Jonny Gomes drove in Jemile Weeks. Weeks was in scoring position after a single and a sacrifice by Crisp. Collin Cowgill went 3-for-4. Bullpen ReportGraham Godfrey, who threw a bullpen session before the game, entered in the eighth inning. After loading the bases, he drilled Derek Jeter with an 0-2 pitch making it a 7-2 game. In the ninth inning he allowed a two-run Mark Teixeira homer to center field, making it 9-2 Yankees. Teixeira, who also hit a home run in the fourth inning, has 35 multi-homer games in his career. Godfrey's appearance leaves Monday's spot in the starting rotation up for speculation. Jordan Norberto threw a scoreless seventh inning, but he walked two batters. In the FieldWhen the A's give away outs, the Yankees make them pay. In the fifth inning, Derek Jeter laid down a bunt that was fielded by Colon. First baseman Adam Rosales charged in on the bunt as well, but Weeks didn't cover first base. Jeter ended up with an infield single. Later in the inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out of the inning. Next, Robinson Cano doubled and Teixeira hit a two-run single. The bunt single by Jeter was career hit 3,154, which tied George Brett for 14th place on the all-time MLB hit list. AttendanceThe announced attendance of 27,112 is down from the 33,559 that packed the house on Friday night. Up NextTommy Milone (6-3, 3.75 ERA) takes on Hiroki Kuroda (3-6, 4.56 ERA) Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Milone is the first starting pitcher in Oakland history to win his first four starts at the Oakland Coliseum.

Instant Replay: Mariners mash Triggs, A's win streak ends at five

Instant Replay: Mariners mash Triggs, A's win streak ends at five


OAKLAND – That pristine ERA wasn’t going to last forever for Andrew Triggs, and it was no secret why things took a wayward turn for the A’s right-hander Sunday.

His command deserted him in the top of the third against Seattle, and that led to a disastrous inning that told the story in an 11-1 loss that halted the A’s five-game winning streak.

Triggs, who hadn’t allowed a single earned run in winning his first three starts of 2017, walked Robinson Cano to load the bases in the third, then issued another free pass to Nelson Cruz that forced in a run and put the Mariners up 2-0. After striking out Daniel Vogelbach, Triggs caught too much plate with a 1-0 pitch and Taylor Motter drilled it for a grand slam that made it 6-0 and put this one out of reach with the way Yovani Gallardo was pitching.

Gallardo (1-2) gave up just four hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Mariners prevented the A’s from completing their first home sweep of a four-game series since July 3-6, 2014, when they took four from Toronto.

Seattle turned it into a rout as Nelson Cruz belted a three-run homer in the seventh off Raul Alcantara, who was left in to eat up innings and surrendered two***more runs in the ninth.

Triggs (3-1), in a season-opening rotation for the first time in his major league career, opened the year by throwing 17 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. That was the longest such season-opening streak by a starting pitcher in Oakland history. His ERA went from 0.00 to 2.42 with Sunday’s outing.

The A’s (10-9) finished 5-4 on their nine-game homestand that was shortened by one game due to a rainout Easter Sunday.

Starting pitching report

The first batter of the game was a bad omen for Triggs as he hit Jarrod Dyson to put the speedster on base. Dyson stole second and Cano knocked a run-scoring single to right field that quickly brought Triggs’ earned-run streak to an end. The right-hander was charged with six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits with four strikeouts and the two walks.

Bullpen report

Daniel Coulombe entered in relief of Triggs in the fifth and provided 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Then Alcantara, who was replaced in the rotation by Jesse Hahn on the last road trip, was left in to soak up three innings to save the bullpen any more wear and tear in a lopsided game. He gave up five runs in three innings and walked two.

At the plate

The A’s, after falling behind early, couldn’t muster anything against Gallardo, who the Mariners acquired in an offseason trade from the Orioles. Their only run came in the seventh, when Ryon Healy led off with a double, moved to third on Trevor Plouffe’s single and scored on Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly off reliever Tony Zych.

In the field

Neither team committed an error, making it five games in a row that the A’s have gone errorless. Gallardo was aided by an outstanding diving snag by third baseman Mike Freeman in the sixth. Matt Olson, drawing a start in right field for the A’s, made a sliding catch that turned into a double play when Daniel Vogelbach wandered too far off first base.


The homestand finale drew 24,165 fans.

Up next

The A’s take Monday off and then begin a nine-game road trip against the Angels on Tuesday. The opener pits Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.00) against J.C. Ramirez (2-2, 6.46). On Wednesday, it’s Sean Manaea (1-1, 4.43) against Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.98). Then Jharel Cotton (2-2, 4.76) matches up against Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 4.76) in Thursday’s finale. All three games begin at 7:05 p.m. and air on NBC Sports California.

A's lineup: Rosales moves down, Khris Davis out, Olson in vs Mariners

A's lineup: Rosales moves down, Khris Davis out, Olson in vs Mariners

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As the A's go for their sixth straight win, Khris Davis gets a day off while top prospect Matt Olson gets the start in the outfield.

Rajai Davis remains out with a hamstring injury. Adam Rosales moves out of the leadoff spot a day after hitting a home run.

Seattle Mariners:
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2. Mitch Haniger (R) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Daniel Vogelbach (L) 1B
6. Taylor Motter (R) SS
7. Guillermo Heredia (R) LF
8. Mike Freeman (L) 3B
9. Mike Zunino (R) C
Yovani Gallardo -- RHP

Oakland A's:
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
3. Stephen Vogt (L) C
4. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) DH
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF
8. Adam Rosales (R) SS
9. Matt Olson (L) RF
Andrew Triggs -- RHP