A's banged up after 19-inning win

A's banged up after 19-inning win
April 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Relief pitcher Pat Neshek didn't get hurt, but outfielders Coco Crisp and Chris Young both left the game injured. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- The A's won the longest game in Oakland history on Monday night/Tuesday morning, but the 19-inning contest against the Angels at the Oakland Coliseum didn't come without a cost. Outfielders Coco Crisp and Chris Young both left the game injured and are not in the starting lineup Tuesday.

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A's manager Bob Melvin says Young, who has a strained left quadriceps, could possibly be available to pinch hit. Crisp suffered a left hamstring strain, and he will get the day off.

"As far as hamstrings go, you want to be careful with those things," Melvin said. "Especially for a speed guy like that. We'll give it a day or so and see where we're at with that."

Shortstop Jed Lowrie is also not in the lineup on Tuesday. He was scratched on Sunday with a sore neck, and played all 19 innings of the A's extra-inning win. He is available off the bench, but the A's would like to get him a day off if possible. He was getting treatment done on his neck in the clubhouse prior to the game.

"We just didn't want to overdo it with him and run him out there today," Melvin said.

Brett Anderson was skipped in the rotation, but still pitched 5 1/3 innings for the A's on his sprained right ankle. The lefty said he was sore and stiff after the game, but thought he'd be fine to make his next start. Melvin was cautiously optimistic about his chances to pitch in five days.

"Boy, we don't win that game without him," Melvin said. "We don't even get close to getting into position. He pitched really well and just that second to last hitter, I think right before I went out to got him, he jumped up for a ball and that's what I think tweaked it."

Jerry Blevins, who pitched the last 1 2/3 innings for the win was working his fourth consecutive game. He is not available Tuesday night.

Brandon Moss is the only active player in Major League Baseball to hit a walk-off home run in the 19th inning. It's a good thing he did it when he did. He said his wife Allison, his sister, his 3-year-old son Jayden, and newborn son Brody, all waited four hours in the car together in the stadium parking lot for the game to end. They arrived shortly after 9:15 p.m. to pick him up and were stuck waiting for the eventual walk-off hero to finish work.

Meanwhile, one Athletics player was a little disappointed when the game ended (not really). Outfielder Seth Smith would have pitched the 21st inning. He was looking forward to showing off his repertoire.

"Fastball, slider, change, 78-81 MPH," Smith said sarcastically. "I try to change speeds and work both sides of the plate and keep them guessing."

The A's outfielder says his stuff isn't that good, but he tries to be a good pitcher. Smith hasn't pitched since high school. He was drafted in the 48th round in 2001 by the Diamondbacks as a pitcher. He elected to go to Ole Miss, where he backed up Eli Manning as a quarterback. The Rockies later drafted him in the second round in 2004.

"It was bittersweet when Moss hit the home run because I figured I was going to pitch," Smith said. "At that point I was definitely happy. It was hard celebrating we were so tired."

Reliever Evan Scribner was recalled for Tuesday's game. He was on the couch at his home watching. He made it until the 17th inning before he fell asleep.

"I woke up at four in the morning and there was infomercials on," Scribner said. "I was in it until about 1:30 or 2:00 a.m."

He had a pretty good feeling he'd be pitching for the A's on Tuesday while watching. The River Cats were playing in Fresno against the Grizzlies, but he was allowed to stay home.

The A's wanted Scribner to get stretched out down in Sacramento after he was sent down on April 20, so he'd be better suited for a long relief role. He says he's never started a game in his career and doesn't anticipate being used as a starting pitcher at all.

The A's have come back from a five-run deficit to get the walk-off win two games in a row. The dramatic victory, especially in extra innings, in the longest game in Oakland Athletics history, should help spark the recently struggling A's.

"It's about winning and winning makes you feel better after a game like that," Melvin said. "I did not know it was the longest game, it certainly felt like the longest game."

The A's will hope Jarrod Parker has a bounce-back performance and makes it a quick game. He is 0-4 with a 8.10 ERA this season. Parker is 1-2 with a 2.90 ERA in his career against the Angels.

 

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