Athletics: 8 Indians: 5
Tonight the A’s celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their 20-game winning streak and in honor of the streak, these A’s extended their streak to three.
The A’s struck first in the third, taking advantage of an error committed by Asdrubal Cabrera. Cliff Pennington reached base on the error to lead off the inning, Jemile Weeks then sacrificed him over. Coco Crisp then walked and with Josh Donaldson batting both runners stole second and third. Donaldson grounded out and Cliff Pennington scored. Josh Reddick doubled in Coco Crisp and with Reddick on second Yoenis Cespedes hit his sixteenth home run of the season to put A’s up 4-0.
The A’s would not score again until the sixth inning, when George Kottaras singled in Chris Carter. The A’s scored again in the seventh on an RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s scored two more runs in the eighth off of a Coco Crisp triple, which scored George Kottaras and Jemile Weeks.
Bartolo Colon pitched well tonight, only allowing five hits, one run, while walking no one and striking out three. Colon’s one run allowed was a solo home run to Carlos Santana in the seventh inning. With today’s win he now has 10 wins on the season, it’s his first double digit win season since 2005 (when he played for the Anaheim Angels).
The ninth inning was pretty shaky for the bullpen, Evan Scribner came in to relieve Bartolo Colon, and allowed a lead off single to Asdrubal Cabrera. Then the very next batter, Shin-Soo Choo, hit a 2-run homer and the A’s saw their lead cut to 5 runs. He then got Carlos Santana to line out, but allowed a single to Michael Brantley. He struck out Shelly Duncan before Jerry Blevins came in to relieve him.
Blevins immediately coughed up another 2-run home run to Brent Lillibridge and the A’s lead shrunk to only 3 runs. Blevins then gave up a single to Jason Donald before he was pulled and Grant Balfour came in to relieve him. Balfour recorded the last out of the game by getting Ezequiel Carrera to strike out swinging.
- Brett Anderson threw a 40-pitch bullpen session today and everything went well according to Bob Melvin. There is still no timetable for his return, but I would guess it will be within the next week or so.
- Josh Reddick returned to right field today and went 1-4 with an RBI and a double.
- After going 4-4 yesterday, Josh Donaldson went 2-5 today with 1 RBI.