A's Insider notes: A's make history... almost

A's Insider notes: A's make history... almost

May 4, 2011

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Paul Gutierrez
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Our MLB Insider takes a look at the A's 3-1 victory over the visiting Indians on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Darth 'Dactyl does the deed - A's starter Trevor Cahill is a Star Wars nut. We know this. It was only appropriate, then, that the right-hander showed up on Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with you - and battled against Cleveland. Darth 'Dactyl allowed one run in seven innings of work, giving up five hits with five strikeouts, three walks and two wild pitches. He equaled a career-high with 116 pitches, last done on Sept. 4, 2010 against the Angels.

RECAP: Cahill moves to 5-0 after beating Tomlin, Tribe

Go ahead, say it: The Force was with Cahill.Fuentes sits - Having been used in three straight games, and five of the previous six, closer Brian Fuentes was THANKFULLY given the night off. Especially after his implosion of Tuesday night, in which he gave up three runs on four hits in 13 of an inning. When Fuentes is on, he's lethal, as evidenced by his not allowing an earned run in 11 of 15 appearances. But when he's off, he's also lethal. Check the combined 14 runs (nine earned) in his four other outings. Do with it, what you will. Grant Balfour, serving as the A's closer on the night, made the most of his opportunity.

A's make historyalmost - Until Cliff Pennington singled in the eighth, the A's were on track to make some baseball history. Dubious history, but history nonetheless. The could have become only the fourth team to win a game since 1919 without the benefit of a single, double, triple or base on balls. But then Pennington went and spoiled it with his two-out single. And then Coco Crisp stepped on history with a run-scoring single that drove in Mark Ellis, who was on base courtesy of a Cleveland error.

Another stat for ya - While the Indians stranded 10 runners on the night, the A's left only 1. Mostly because they had so few baserunners in the game. Until the eighth, the only A's player to get on base was David DeJesus, and he just jogged around them on his pair of solo homers. Not really something to be all that proud of, but hey, a win's a win, right?

Braden shoulder update: Dallas Braden will seek a second opinion after visiting with Los Angeles-based Dr. Lewis Yokum Wednesday for further tests on his stiff left (pitching) shoulder.

--Paul Gutierrez

Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

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The A's fell to the Angels 8-5 Wednesday night in Anaheim, but the bigger loss was Sean Manaea to a left shoulder injury.

Manaea left after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Yonder Alonso was the offensive star for the A's with a home run and three RBI. Matt Joyce added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Morse hoped to bring a little levity to a battered clubhouse Wednesday. On his first day as a Giant since the 2014 World Series, he ended up bringing the most thrilling win of the season. 

Morse’s pinch-hit homer in the eighth shook AT&T Park and tied the game. His good friend Hunter Pence won it with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. 

The 10th-inning rally started with Gorkys Hernandez’s single off Ross Stripling. Hernandez stole second and Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, and both runners were safe when Adrian Gonzalez went to third on Nick Hundley’s bunt. Pence flied out to deep left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. The Giants had been 0-13 when trailing after seven. Morse  helped change all that.

Morse’s homer came an inning after Christian Arroyo’s first career homer. The newcomers saved a night that started with nothing but failure. 

The Giants entered with four games this month where they failed to put a runner on the first time through the order. Lefty Alex Wood stayed with the theme. Brandon Belt finally touched first with a one-out walk in the fourth but it wasn’t until the sixth that a Giant — Drew Stubbs — picked up a hit.

By that time, the Dodgers led 3-0. Johnny Cueto worked around some early trouble but Corey Seager got to him in the sixth. The young shortstop led off with a mammoth blast on a 3-2 pitch that landed a couple dozen rows up in left-center. The homer was tracked at 462 feet per Statcast, tied for the longest in the Majors this season.

The Dodgers went up 2-0 when Chase Utley blooped a single to left with the bases loaded. Utley was 1-for-31 at the time. Andrew Toles beat out a grounder to bring home a third run. 

The Giants looked dead in the water, but Wood — the Dodgers’ swingman — was pulled after 77 pitches and old friend Sergio Romo immediately opened the door. Buster Posey hit a one-out single and Arroyo lined a slider just over the fence in left-center.

Morse’s first at-bat as a Giant in three years sent an even bigger charge through the park. He got a 97 mph fastball from Pedro Baez with two strikes and blasted it to left. Morse held his arm up right away and screamed as he rounded first.

Starting pitching report: Cueto was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks. He’ll finish April with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. After holding opposing hitters to a .238 average last year, he’s getting hit at a .271 clip this season. 

Bullpen report: Steven Okert did a great job of settling the place down, throwing a scoreless inning before Arroyo’s homer and retiring two more immediately after. 

At the plate: The 21-year-old Arroyo calmly clapped his hands once as he rounded first. He was pushed out of the dugout for a curtain call as the park roared. Most impressive of all, his mom, Kimberly, didn’t drop a single nacho as she celebrated in the stands.

In the field: Stubbs made a diving catch to open the seventh and Gorkys Hernandez followed with a nifty sliding catch at the wall.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,572 human beings. Thursday will be the 500th consecutive (announced) sellout.

Up next: Matt Moore (1-3, 5.87 ERA) will try to turn his month around. The Dodgers will trot out young lefty Julio Urias, who spent three weeks in the minors to control his innings count.