Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 2, Mariners 1

Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 2, Mariners 1
July 9, 2012, 12:04 am
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OAKLAND -- It almost seems criminal that Josh Reddick will be spending the All-Star break at home. He further proved he belongs among the league's elite with a walk-off double in the 13th inning to defeat the Mariners 2-1. The A's are .500 at the All-Star break. They are now 6-2 in extra inning games, and 16-10 in games decided in the seventh inning or later. At the PlateThe A's got an early run off Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez. Coco Crisp and Jemile Weeks started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Crisp ended up scoring on an infield single by Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes ended up leaving the game with a left thumb sprain. The injury appeared to happen after stealing second base in the first inning.The A's got back-to-back singles again to start the fifth inning. They ended up squandering the scoring opportunity though. Cliff Pennington, who hit the leadoff single, was picked off at second base when Weeks missed a bunt attempt. The mistake proved to be a costly one as the A's failed to score a run in the frame.Mistakes like that tend to be costly when opposing a former Cy Young-award winner. Hernandez ended up throwing 7.2 innings, allowing one run, six hits, and three walks. He struck out six A's batters.In the 10th inning they got another opportunity to score when Pennington hit another leadoff single. Crisp laid down a sacrifice bunt but Pennington was thrown out at second. Then Crisp was picked off at first base. With two outs Weeks reached on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the A's couldn't score. Weeks got a leadoff single in the 13th and Reddick drove him in with a walk-off double to left-center field. Starting Pitching ReportA's starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was incredibly efficient. He threw 93 pitches and only 14 of them were balls. He ended up throwing 8.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing only one earned run. Colon threw a first-pitch strike to 32 of the 34 batters he faced and didn't allow a walk.Colon carved through the Mariners lineup with ease. He gave up a single to start the game and then was perfect until the sixth inning. He retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. It wasn't until the sixth inning that the Mariners snapped a streak of 17 straight hitters retired. With two outs they recorded three hits in a row to tie the game. Bullpen ReportRyan Cook entered the game in relief of Colon with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out Miguel Olivo to end the inning with runners on second and third. He came back out and pitched a flawless 10th inning. Sean Doolittle pitched the 11th. He struck out Saunders swinging on a 95-mph fastball. He struck out John Jaso swinging on a 94-mph fastball. And got Kyle Seager swinging on a 93-mph pitch.In the FieldDerek Norris committed his first big league error when he dropped a foul pop up. Brandon Moss also mishandled a ball at first base to start the seventh inning, he was charged with an error as well. None of the bad plays ended up costing the A's anything more than a few extra Colon pitches. AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 20,075. It was turn-back-the-clock-day at the ballpark. The A's were donning the 1955 uniform of the Oakland Oaks. The Mariners were wearing the uniforms of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fake Elvis Presley sang the National Anthem after entering the building in a pink Cadillac. He also performed his hit single Blue Suede Shoes. Dot RaceIn lieu of the Dot Race, the A's did an Elvis race. He won. Up NextThe A's get four days off for the All-Star break before taking on the Twins in Minnesota. When they return to action on July 13, A.J. Griffin will be on the mound. He will be followed by Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker. Griffin (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will be taking on Francisco Liriano (3-7, 5.08 ERA).

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