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

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

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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.

Hahn's excellence goes for naught as Angels walk off on A's

Hahn's excellence goes for naught as Angels walk off on A's

ANAHEIM — The night should have been about Jesse Hahn, who had every pitch working and rendered Angels hitters helpless over eight innings.

Instead, the A’s postgame comments Tuesday were filled with second-guessing and do-overs that they wish came their way in a 2-1, 11-inning defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

The game-winner came off the bat of Kole Calhoun, who singled in Danny Espinosa from second to sink the A’s in their first extra-inning contest of the season. Ryan Madson went outside with an 0-1 fastball and Calhoun spanked it into left-center, a pitch that Madson said he never should have thrown.

“I wasn’t comfortable with that pitch,” Madson said afterward. “I should have definitely stepped off and re-thought it, so I didn’t throw it with conviction. It looked like it was off the plate but something he could handle. I learned my lesson to throw a pitch I’m convicted in.”

Calhoun swung through a changeup on Madson’s first pitch. Josh Phegley, who was behind the plate calling pitches, said he didn’t want to go right back to that pitch.

“(You) kind of obviously second-guess yourself after the game-winning hit is hit off a pitch you just called,” Phegley said. “I thought about going back to (the changeup). I saw in my head him kind of making adjustments and just looping one over the infield, getting the same result. … I thought it was a good pitch and I’ll trust that guy’s fastball any day of the year. It just was not the result we were looking for.”

Phegley was set up to be a hero himself, after he came off the bench to pinch-hit for Vogt and smacked the first pitch from Jose Alvarez in the 10th for a homer to right-center that snapped a scoreless tie. But Mike Trout — who else? — answered with a home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th off Santiago Casilla. He sliced a 2-0 pitch off the plate for a drive that cleared the short right field wall just inside the foul pole.

It was Trout’s 23rd career homer against the A’s, his most off any team.

“I don’t know anybody that hits a home run right down the right field line on a ball that looks like it’s by him,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “There aren’t too many guys that are gonna do that. Maybe he and Khris Davis. It’s not like it’s a bad pitch.”

Hahn wound up with a no-decision from an outing that might have been his sharpest as an Athletic, perhaps even more so than his shutout of Detroit on Memorial Day, 2015. He allowed just one hit over eight innings, facing two batters over the minimum in that time, striking out six and walking two.

“I feel like I literally had everything working for me today,” Hahn said. “I think it might have been my best command I’ve had of all pitches.”

Hahn, who didn’t make the 25-man roster coming out of spring, is finding his groove since replacing Raul Alcantara in the rotation. In three starts he’s allowed just nine hits and four earned runs over 20 innings, for a 1.80 ERA.

“He pitched as well as we’ve seen him,” Melvin said. “He had his best sink of the year by far. His best sink in a while, and a good curve ball. He really had it working tonight.”

Unfortunately for Hahn and the A’s, his excellent start didn’t come with a ‘W’ attached.

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Melvin said center fielder Jaff Decker felt something in his foot on a steal attempt of second in which he was thrown out easily without a slide attempt.

“He got taped up and he was OK,” Melvin said.

 

Instant Replay: Casilla blows save in 10th, Angels walk off in 11th

Instant Replay: Casilla blows save in 10th, Angels walk off in 11th

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ANAHEIM – After the A’s appeared to deal a knockout blow in the 10th inning, the Angels countered and ended up handing the A’s their first walk-off loss of 2017.

Kole Calhoun’s two-out single off Ryan Madson in the 11th scored Danny Espinosa and Los Angeles hung a 2-1 loss on the A’s on Tuesday to open a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

Mike Trout hit a game-tying homer off Santiago Casilla to lead off the bottom of the 10th. That came right after A’s pinch hitter Josh Phegley broke a scoreless tie by hitting the first pitch of the top of the 10th for a homer to right-center off Jose Alvarez.

For two teams who didn’t advance a single runner past first base through the first nine innings, the A’s and Angels packed a lot of excitement into the extra frames.

Phegley delivered the A’s first pinch homer in extras since Chris Carter hit one against Seattle on July 6, 2012. After Trout answered with his homer, Albert Pujols lined a single off Casilla, who came in having allowed opponents just one hit over 23 at-bats this season. Ben Revere pinch-ran for Pujols and stole second, representing the winning run with no outs. But Casilla buckled down and stranded him there to keep it a 1-1 game.

Espinosa led off the bottom of the 11th with a single off Madson, then Martin Maldonado executed a two-strike sacrifice bunt to move him to second. With two outs, Calhoun lined his game-winner to left-center, and Espinosa easily beat Jaff Decker’s throw to the plate.

A’s starter Jesse Hahn was outstanding, facing just two batters over the minimum over eight innings and limiting the Angels to one hit. The only problem was the A’s couldn’t get anything going on their end against right-hander J.C. Ramirez, who threw seven scoreless innings. All told, they struck out 11 times against five Angels pitchers.

Starting pitching report:
Hahn was as dialed in as he’s been wearing an A’s uniform. Manager Bob Melvin talks often of the upside he thinks the right-hander has, and Hahn demonstrated that Tuesday. He coaxed 12 ground-ball outs but also showed a good curve ball and struck out six. Hahn walked two, but after the one single he gave up to Marte in the fifth, he promptly picked Marte off first.

Bullpen report:
Sean Doolittle threw a perfect ninth to send the game into extra innings scoreless, and he struck out Kole Calhoun with two nasty sliders. Looking to protect a 1-0 lead in the 10th, Casilla fell behind Trout 2-0 and Trout sliced a homer to the right field corner that landed just inside the foul pole.

At the plate:
The A’s mustered just five hits total.

Ryon Healy, hitting .524 over his previous seven games entering the night, got a start in the No. 2 spot and struck out swinging four times in five at-bats.

The A’s got the leadoff hitter aboard in four of five innings from the fourth through the eighth but couldn’t cash in. And with the strong-armed Martin Maldonado behind the plate for the Angels, Oakland couldn’t jump-start things on the bases. Jaff Decker was thrown out at second so easily in the fourth that he didn’t even bother to slide, as it appeared either him or Healy missed a sign.

In the field:
In line with how well Hahn was dealing, the A’s defense played stingy. Matt Joyce made a diving catch in right to rob Jefry Marte to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Jed Lowrie made a nice play from the outfield grass to retire Danny Espinosa in the sixth. Credit Hahn for keeping his infielders engaged with so many ground-ball outs.

Attendance:
The announced turnout was 30,124.

Up next:
In the middle contest of this three-game set, Sean Manaea (1-1, 4.43) squares off against Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.98) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Shoemaker’s six homers allowed are tied for third most in the American League.