A's hang on, beat Angels 9-8

August 8, 2012, 11:19 pm
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OAKLAND -- The A's outlasted the Angels in a Wednesday slugfest at the Coliseum. With a 9-8 win, Oakland takes the series against their division rivals two games to three, and finishes their homestand 5-5. At the PlateThe Angels made a big move at the trade deadline to acquire Cy Young-award winner Zack Greinke from the Brewers. In a much smaller move the A's picked up catcher George Kottaras from the Brewers. On Wednesday, the A's acquisition hit a two-run blast to dead center field off the Angels acquisition. Kottaras and Greinke were teammates in Milwaukee and the A's new catcher probably shared some very in-depth knowledge with his new teammates. The A's batted around in four-run second inning drawing five walks. Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick each hit RBI-singles. Greinke left the game with five innings pitched and four earned runs. He allowed five walks and gave up six hits. The Angels haven't won either game started by Greinke since they acquired him.With Greinke out of the game, the A's put five runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Cliff Pennington drew a walk and then advanced to second on a Jemile Weeks bunt. Coco Crisp drove him in with a single to right field. Two batters later Josh Reddick drew a walk before the A's executed a double steal. Yoenis Cespedes stepped to the plate with two outs and hit a two-run opposite field single. The next batter Chris Carter crushed a two-run homer to left field, his 10th of the season. The A's now have seven players with double-digit home runs. Reddick (25), Cespedes (14), Gomes (12), Smith (11), Moss (11), Inge (11), Carter (10).Starting Pitching ReportWhile pitching in a collegiate summer league in Berkeley, Dan Straily and some friends took BART to the Oakland Coliseum to watch the A's take on the Angels on a 2 Wednesday. It is a testament to how far Straily has come that he is now on the mound -- pitching -- on a BART 2 Wednesday -- against the Angels. Straily announced his presence with authority in the first inning. He struck out Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, and Albert Pujols swinging to start the game. Professional baseball's strikeout leader ended up with five strikeouts. Straily allowed his first Major League homer in the second inning, a solo shot off the bat of Kendrys Morales. The Angels would end up tagging Straily for four home runs. Morales hit two of them, and his second homer -- a two-run shot -- knocked Straily out of the game.During the game Angels right fielder Torii Hunter sent fried chicken to the right field bleacher crew. He later sent a home run to left field. The fan in left field who caught Hunter's home run ball threw it back, the right field crew chose to keep the chicken. Straily's threw 103 pitches over four and two-thirds innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits and walked one batter. Bullpen ReportJordan Norberto entered the game in relief of Straily in the fifth. He walked Alberto Callaspo before striking out Howie Kendrick swinging to the the inning. He remained in the game for the sixth inning and there was a brief injury scare when an A's trainer and manager Bob Melvin visited with him on the mound. He stayed in the game and struck out Chris Iannetta. He was lifted after walking Trout. Pat Neshek finished the sixth inning by striking out Hunter. Neshek, a righty with a deceptive delivery, has appeared in four games since being acquired last Friday from the Orioles. He has has six strikeouts and hasn't allowed a hit. Grant Balfour pitched the seventh inning. He allowed a solo homer to Mark Trumbo snapping a streak of 13 games without allowing a run. Sean Doolittle allowed back-to-back single to start the eighth inning. He them struck out the side to end the frame. Doolittle got Iannetta looking, Trout looking, and Hunter swinging. A's closer Ryan Cook pitched the ninth. He had blown his last two saves. Cook is usually a different pitcher when well rested and he hadn't pitched since Thursday. Entering Wednesday, Cook had allowed one run in his last 38 innings when pitching on a day or more of rest. He allowed two runs but escaped with his 12th save. In the FieldWith one of the game's fastest runners on third base and one out, Mark Trumbo hit a fly ball to left field that Cespedes made a charging catch on. Cespedes fired a perfect strike to home plate and Trout stayed on third. Many marvel at Reddick's arm in right field, but Cespedes might have an even better arm. AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 21,150. Dot RaceIt was a live Dot Race on Wednesday. Red got a huge lead but was knocked out by Blue. That was all the momentum Blue needed, and easily won the race.Up NextThe A's get a much needed day off on Thursday. They will begin a series in Chicago with the White Sox on Friday. Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.54 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list prior to the game and he'll be the A's starting pitcher. McCarthy has been on the DL twice this year with right shoulder issues. He is 6-0 in his last seven starts with Oakland.The White Sox will be sending Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.43 ERA) to the mound. Floyd is 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA in his career against the A's.

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