The walk-off jesters got a taste of how the other half lives Tuesday night, as the A's fell to Milwaukee in walk-off fashion, 4-3, in 10 innings of an interleague game.
The A's took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning but the bullpen did starter A.J. Griffin in as Oakland missed a chance to pull within 1/2 a game of the Texas Rangers in the American League West.
With two out in the 10th, the Brewers pulled off a perfect hit-and-run play as Yuniesky Betancourt's double into right-center allowed Carlos Gomez to score from first base off reliever Pat Neshek.
Starting pitching report
A.J. Griffin deserved better than a no-decision after he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five and walking one in his 109 pitches, 75 strikes, to lower his ERA to 3.67. It marked the 12th time in 14 games an A's starter had walked one or fewer batters in his outing.
Left-hander Sean Doolittle's struggles continued as he gave up singles on consecutive pitches and then a two-run triple, giving Doolittle a third straight appearance with multiple runs surrendered after his 13 1/3-inning scoreless streak. And after Ryan Cook surrendered a broken-bat flare single to Aramis Ramirez that scored Jean Segura to tie the game at 3-all, Doolittle had surrendered a combined seven runs in his last three appearances after giving up a combined two in his first 23 outings. In fact, Doolittle was responsible for three runs on four pitches. Jerry Blevins flirted with trouble in the ninth, loading the bases on a walk, an intentional walk and a hit batter, but emerged unscathed. Pat Neshek, who had not allowed a run in his previous nine appearances, took the loss.
At the plate
A night after pounding out a season-high 19 hits, the A's were a combined 9-for-39. It was the first multi-home run game of Cespedes' nascent career -- he took Brewers starter Kyle Lohse deep on a first-pitch 91-mph fastball in the first inning for a two-run homer before sitting on a hanging 3-and-1 slider from Lohse in the sixth for a solo shot. Cespedes added a single. Josh Donaldson had two hits.
In the field
Technically, it was a triple by Milwaukee's Jean Segura into the right-field corner that scored two runs for the Brewers and put the tying run at third base with none out in the eighth inning. But Segura took third on the cut-off throw home from Eric Sogard to try and get Norichika Aoki, who was running from first base. Had the A's instead thrown to third, would they have cut Segura down? Probably not, as Gold Glover Josh Reddick had trouble coming up with the ball cleanly in right.
The Brewers announced a crowd of 24,230 at Miller Park.
Bartolo Colon (6-2, 3.33 ERA) is again in the crosshairs of a PED scandal as his name was reportedly found in the Biogenesis of America's files and, according to the ESPN report, he faces a potential 100-game suspension, less than a year after serving a 50-gamer for a failed drug test. He is also in a renaissance of a season, having just authored a five-hit shutout against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, becoming just the second 40-year old in Oakland history to blank an opponent, along with Don Sutton in 1985, and the first 40-or-older pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2007 to throw a shutout. Colon, who has walked an American League-low four batters this season, is 2-1 with a 4.87 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers, 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in one start at Miller Park. The Brewers counter with right-hander Yovani Gallardo (4-5, 5.05), who has never faced the A's in his seven-year career.