Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1

Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1
July 3, 2012, 4:46 am
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OAKLAND -- After defeating Japanese sensation Yu Darvish on Sunday, the A's returned home and made short work of Daisuke Matsuzaka. The A's batted around in the second inning, knocking Matsuzaka out of the game with just 28 pitches. The end result was a 6-1 win over the Red Sox. At the PlateJosh Reddick was traded to the A's from Boston in the offseason. The move appears to be a highly regrettable one for the Red Sox organization. Reddick launched his 19th home run of the season in the first inning against his former team. Andrew Bailey, the guy he was traded for, hasn't pitched in a game yet for Boston. Brandon Moss hit his ninth homer of the year. It was a three-run blast against his former team as well. Moss was drafted by the Boston in 2002, and played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. Between Chris Carter and Moss, the A's first basemen have homered in their last four games. A's first baseman have a combined 15 home runs this season. Carter (2), Kila Ka'aihue (3), and Moss (9). Last year Daric Barton (0), Connor Jackson (4) and Brandon Allen (3) combined for seven homers. Derek Norris singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He then stole second base. It was Norris' first career steal. He advanced to third on a Moss single and scored on a Brandon Inge sacrifice fly to center field. Starting Pitching ReportJarrod Parker got his first career win on May 1 in Boston. He shut them down again for his fifth career win, allowing just one run. Parker, 23, has now allowed one run or less in 10 of his first 14 starts. He is the first pitcher to do so since 1918. According to our resident A's historian David Feldman, Ferdie Schupp of the New York Giants was the last pitcher to pull off the feat. He did it with some relief appearances mixed in though. He threw 103 pitches, giving up six hits, while striking out three and walking three. Parker is proving to be a frontline starting pitcher. Bullpen ReportSean Doolittle brought the left-handed heat, topping out at 95 MPH. He threw 28 pitches over 2.1 innings of work, striking out three and allowing no hits. In the FieldCliff Pennington made a gritty double play in the first inning. He fielded a ball hit by David Ortiz deep in the hole, ran full speed toward the bag, just beating a sliding Pedroia, then leaped and threw out Ortiz at first. Parker ended the sixth inning by getting Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to him, he threw the ball to Pennington who tagged the bag and fired to first for the 1-6-3 double play. AttendanceThe A's announced a crowd of 17,434. Up NextBartolo Colon will make his return to the mound on Tuesday when he is eligible to return from the disabled list. The right-handed veteran has been out since June 18 with a strained right oblique muscle. "He's ready to go," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "A few days a go it looked like he got threw a hurdle and he was looking forward to pitching."Colon is 6-7 with 4.22 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 16 walks. He is 8-11 with a 4.08 ERA in 24 career starts against the Red Sox. "He was telling me a week ago that he was going to get two starts in before the All-Star break was over," Melvin said.

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