Gutierrez: A's Crisp was safe, Melvin shows fire

June 12, 2011, 10:08 pm
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comA few notes and observations from the A's 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday...- Coco Crisp was safe. Yup, the CSN California feed of the game showed a shot from center field that had Crisp dragging his foot across first base a split-second before Brent Morel's throw from third base arrived into Mark Teahen's glove. First-base umpire Brian O'Nara had relatively the same view. So why did he delay the call? Keep in mind, Crisp being called safe would have only loaded the bases for Cliff Pennington with two out in the ninth.RELATED: A's Insider gallery -- Error costs A's again

- Good to see some fire from Bob Melvin. The A's interim manager jumped O'Nara when he made the ill-fated call. And if you can read lips, you know he wasn't exactly inviting out for tea and crumpets. Players have to know their skipper has their back, and four games into his tenure, Melvin showed them exactly that with his going after O'Nara. Even if everyone knew it was all for nothing.- First, the lack of offense hurt the A's. Then, their starting pitching began to falter. Sunday, it was the defense. Scott Sizemore's throwing error in the seventh inning, when he tried to make a spectacular, inning-ending double play but instead threw the ball into right field, was Oakland's American League-leading 50th error of the season. Which leads to...- Absolutely digging the A's taking infield practice before the game. If not to merely get a feel for the field, but to get a feel for each other. The A's have so many new faces of late, it can only help. And yes, former manager Bob Geren was a proponent of infield practice. He just didn't employ it all that much.- And this from A's historian David Feldman: Oakland going 1-9 in Boston, Baltimore and Chicago equals its worst-ever 10-game roadie, which the A's did in 1981 and 2008. Plus, in dropping 12 of their last 13, the A's are on their worst stretch since going 1-14 in 2008.