A's Insider notes: Ellis one hit away from 1,000

A's Insider notes: Ellis one hit away from 1,000
May 19, 2011, 10:53 pm
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Our A's Insider takes a look at the A's 11-1 loss at the hands of the visiting Minnesota Twins.

All arms on deck: When Tyson Ross left the game after just seven pitches, you knew the A's would have to go to bullpen by committee to finish things out. Sure enough, Oakland needed four relievers - David Purcey, Craig Breslow, Tyler Magnuson and Brad Ziegler - to get through it. You just have to wonder about the collateral damage in who might not be available for the A's in this weekend's Bay Bridge Series at AT&T Park.

NEWS: A's Ross leaves start after seven pitches
Purcey prevails: The left-hander replaced Ross and acquitted himself well in throwing 66 pitches and being charged with one run in 3 23 innings, despite coming out of the bullpen ice cold. His previous high pitch-count? A whopping 22 pitches. He's going to need a day or two. But he also deserves it.Poor Magnuson: The A's rookie, who made his big league debut in the rain against the Angels on Tuesday, had a nightmare inning in the eighth, after a perfect seventh. Magnuson gave up six runs on five hits, including a titanic three-run blast to Trevor Plouffe. Common sense dictated Magnuson be pulled, but really, why burn another pitcher?Speaking of Magnuson and, um, Joey Devine: The right-hander told reporters after the game he was being sent back to triple-A Sacramento. Makes sense, since he has plenty of options, was just lit up by big league hitters and he would not be available against the Giants. The A's need bullpen depth - badly - this weekend. So who's it going to be? I would not be shocked to see right-hander Joey Devine back with the A's. In 11 appearances, over 12 13 innings, Devine has yet to allow an earned run while giving up four hits, striking out 17 and walking one. Devine, as you know, last pitched in the bigs in 2008 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
RECAP: A's lose Ross, swept in short series by Twins
Call it, 999 and counting: Mark Ellis was this close to getting his 1,000th career hit in the ninth inning. But his screamer down the third-base line was deftly backhanded by Danny Valencia, who then threw to first for the game's final out.Ross re-visited: According to A's historian David Feldman, Ross is only the fourth starting pitcher since 1970 - the first since 1995 - to face just one batter and get the loss. He is also the first A's pitcher in franchise history to record such a dubious feat.