Gutierrez: New faces in new places pace A's win

June 11, 2011, 5:19 am
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comAnd now, playing the role of Fantasy Island's Mr. Roarke, new A's interim manager Bob Melvin.Smiles, everyone. Smiles.Or did you not catch the shot of the A's congratulating themselves after their most satisfying victory of the season? Smiles, indeed..GUTIERREZ: A's Insider gallery -- Smiles all around in Chicago
And a huge sigh of relief. Are you ready for this nugget, courtesy of A's historian David Feldman? The A's became the first team since 1900 to snap a losing streak of 10 or more games by winning a game after trailing by two-or-more runs with two out and no one on base in their last at-bat.Facing an 0-and-2 count with two out in the ninth inning, the A's entire team deserves credit for the spirit-lifting comeback victory. The spotlight, though, deserves to shine on three of the new guys, and an older guy batting in a new spot in the lineup.- "Moonlight" Graham Godfrey was shaky at first, giving up a two-out, two-run home run to Paul Konerko before loading the bases and escaping further damage. He was charged with three more runs in the fifth inning and only went 4 13 innings, but the rookie right-hander, making his major league debut, kept things from spiraling totally out of control. He battled after his 36-pitch first inning.- Jemile Weeks showed every dimension of his exciting game. His defense was showcased on a bare-handed pick-up of a grounder up the middle and cross-body throw out of Carlos Quentin in the second. The pop in his bat was exhibited in his third-inning triple. And his wheels were on display when he beat out an infield single in the fourth.- Scott Sizemore had the game-winning hit, meeting White Sox closer Sergio Santos' 95-mph heater on 1-and-0 head on and driving it to the left-center wall for a bases-clearing double. It was Sizemore's third hit of the night.- Cliff Pennington looks a lot more comfortable in the No. 2 hole than he ever did hitting ninth. Al he did was go three for five with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. To be fair, the fired Bob Geren toyed with the idea of moving Pennington here, but it was Melvin who puled the trigger.