Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 3, Yankees 2


Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 3, Yankees 2


OAKLAND -- Another day, another walk-off hit. This time the hero was Brandon Moss. He drove in Yoenis Cespedes to give the A's a 3-2 win over the Yankees. The A's 10 walk-off wins lead Major League Baseball.Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone was in complete control against one of the best lineups in the game. He dazzled over seven innings, striking out a new career-high 10 batters. The last A's pitcher to strike out 10 Yankees hitters in a game was Bobby Witt in 1993.The rookie left-handed pitcher's changeup was working so well it looked like it came out of his hand in slow motion. It was reminiscent of Bugs Bunny's changeup in those old Looney Toons episodes. It was so good that his fastball started to paralyze Yankees hitters.Milone ended up throwing 110 pitches. He allowed just six hits and didn't walk a batter. At one point Milone retired nine batters in a row. Milone worked out of trouble in the sixth inning. After getting ahead 0-2 on Derek Jeter, he painted the outside corner of the plate perfectly. Jeter got a call befitting a future Hall of Famer as umpire Bill Miller called it a ball. Instead of an out Jeter reached on an infield single. Teixeira added a hit to put runners on first and second with two outs, but Alex Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning.At the PlateIn the third inning Coco Crisp hit a leadoff triple down the right field line that rolled to the wall. He motored into third with a headfirst dive, but would have been safe standing up. Jemile Weeks drove him home with a sacrifice fly to center giving the A's 1-0 lead. In the next frame the Brandons (Moss and Inge) hit back-to-back doubles with no outs making it 2-0. The A's hitters threatened in the first inning. They loaded the bases with two outs after Reddick hit a two out double, Cespedes followed with an infield single, and Seth Smith walked to load the bases. Brandon Moss got solid contact but lined out to center field to end the inning. They also loaded the bases in the fourth inning and the seventh.The A's offense went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners. A dangerous proposition when facing the high powered Yankees offense.Reddick ended the night 3 for 5 with two doubles. Cespedes collected four hits and scored the game winning run when he was driven in by Moss.Bullpen ReportRyan Cook has never pitched three days in a row. When pitching on no rest Cook has allowed eight runs over 7.1 innings in nine games. He promptly gave up a game-tying homer to Robinson Cano in the ninth. The rookie closer was able to get out of the inning without any more damage. Cook has allowed two homers this season. They came on back to back nights.Jerry Blevins relieved Milone to start the eighth inning. He gave up a home run to the leadoff hitter Russell Martin making it a 2-1 game. He also hit Teixeira with a pitch. Evan Scribner came in after Blevins and retired Rodriguez to end the inning.In the FieldReddick threw out Teixeira easily as he tried to advance from first to third on a single in the fourth inning. It was his American League-tying ninth outfield assist -- all of which have come while playing in right field. A's outfielders now have 21 assists, matching their 2011 total.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 24,148.Dot RaceRed wins the dot race for the second night in a row.Up NextJarrod Parker (6-4, 3.16 ERA) gets the ball for the A's. He has allowed 10 runs in his last two starts after allowing 10 runs total in his eight starts before that. Phil Hughes (9-7, 4.22 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees. He has a 6.08 ERA in his career against the A's.

A's coach plays part in Schwarber's World Series comeback

A's coach plays part in Schwarber's World Series comeback

Ryan Christenson has a reason to follow the World Series even more so than most years.

Christenson, who manages the A’s Double-A Midland squad, is also skippering the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. One of his players happened to be Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, if only for the briefest of periods.

Schwarber, as is well-documented, played in two AFL games as a quick tune-up before joining the Cubs’ active roster for the Fall Classic. It’s an unprecedented path, as Schwarber hadn’t appeared in a game for Chicago since April 7, when he tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee.

When he crushed a double off the right field wall in Game 1 against the Indians’ Corey Kluber, Schwarber became the first position player in major league history to get a hit in the World Series after recording zero hits during the regular season.

His preparations for the grand stage took place in the relative anonymity of the Arizona Fall League, and it presented some unique conditions for Christenson to manage under.

“It’s such a unique situation to see someone thrust into that after missing so much season,” Christenson said in a phone interview before Game 1. “To have a chance to be activated this time of year, it’s something special if he can pull this off. If he (sparks the Cubs), literally the guy can be a legend.”

Schwarber appeared in just two games for the Solar Sox, going 1-for-6 as a designated hitter. Christenson didn’t have much hands-on interaction with Schwarber — the Cubs had their own staff members on site helping him with treatment — but Christenson saw Schwarber’s swing rounding into form even in his brief time in the batter’s box.

“The bat speed is there,” said Christenson, who hadn’t met Schwarber previously. “I love watching him work in the cage. He’s got a great swing. I don’t think it would take someone of his caliber long to get his timing and pick up where he left off. It’s a simple swing.”

The Cubs asked Christenson to work Schwarber into the top of the batting order with the Solar Sox so as to maximize his number of plate appearances. They also asked one other favor.

“The only request they had was that I took it easy with him on the bases … not trying to score him from first base on a gapper.”

Schwarber’s mere presence in the Arizona Fall League created a delicate dynamic. The league is geared toward up-and-coming prospects who have yet to break into the majors, and Christenson said AFL officials were concerned about Schwarber dropping in and taking playing time away from those players.

Each major league organization sends at least six players to the AFL. Of those six, one is designated a “priority player,” meaning they must play at least four days a week, so innings can be tricky to spread around.

Adding to the sensitivity of the situation, the Solar Sox’s roster includes not only Cubs prospects but also those of the Cleveland Indians. Christenson needed to avoid a situation where Schwarber was stealing at-bats away from prospects of the American League champs — the team that Schwarber was training to try to help the Cubs beat.

But things unfolded smoothly, and Schwarber showed appreciation for getting the chance to drop in for a couple games.

“I’ll definitely be pulling for him,” Christenson said.

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

CLEVELAND — Left-hander Giovanni Soto has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Soto was designated for assignment Saturday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for slugger Kyle Schwarber, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list following knee surgery in April. Schwarber was put on the World Series roster Tuesday and went 1 for 3 with a double, walk and two strikeouts in the opening 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Soto was traded to the Cubs from Cleveland on April 11 and was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa. He made his big league debut with the Indians in 2015 and appeared in six games and 3 1/3 innings.

Oakland claimed him Wednesday.