Athletics: 12 Indians: 7
For the second time in two weeks, the A’s have swept the Cleveland Indians. Today’s win also marks their eighth straight win against them.
The Indians scored in the first inning when Jason Kipnis lead off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run. The A’s would tie it up in the third when Coco Crisp hit a solo home run himself, his ninth of he season. The A’s would score five more in the following inning after a 3-run double by George Kottaras and a 2-run home run by Cliff Pennington.
The Indians scored a run in the bottom half of the same inning, when Jack Hannahan singled and Ezequiel Carrera scored. Josh Reddick would get that run back (and one more), by hitting a 2-run home run in the very next inning, putting the A’s up 8-2. The Indians scored again in the fifth off of an RBI ground out by Shin-Shoo Choo.
The A’s scored two more in the sixth. George Kottaras lead off the inning with a fly out, but Cliff Pennington singled and Coco Crisp doubled. With runners on second and third Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to score Pennington. Josh Reddick then singled and Crisp scored.
Again, the Indians answered back, but this time with three runs. After Jarrod Parker allowed a single and a double to lead off the bottom of the sixth, he was pulled and replaced by Evan Scribner. Scribner then walked Jack Hannahan to load the bases, he got Lou Marson to pop up to record the first out of the inning, but then walked Jason Kipnis which scored Casey Kotchman. He recorded the second out of the inning by getting Asdrubal Cabrera to pop up and then gave up a 2-run single to Shin-Soo Choo. Jerry Blevins came in to replace Scribner and got Michael Brantley to ground out to end the inning.
The seventh inning was more of the same, the A’s loaded the bases with three walks and Chris Carter (who came in to pinch hit for Cliff Pennington) would hit a sacrifice fly to put the A’s up 11-6. The Indians added on another run of their own in the bottom of the inning, after Jerry Blevins walked two Jim Miller came in to replace him. With two on and two outs Miller gave up a single to Lou Marson which scored Carlos Santana from second.
The eighth inning was pretty quiet for both teams, Reddick lead off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error, but he would never cross home plate. Miller allowed a base runner by hitting Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch, but would get out of the inning unharmed.
The A’s scored their final run of the game in the ninth when Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run off of Chris Perez to lead off the inning. The following three batters went down in order. The bottom of the ninth was the cleanest inning for the A’s as Miller recorded three straight outs to end the game.
- Jarrod Parker struggled today, only lasting 5 plus innings. He allowed 8 hits, 5 runs, walked three and struck out 3. He threw 101 pitches today and only 57 of those were for strikes.
- Josh Reddick was moved back up to the three spot today, he went 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI.
- After being the only player to not record a hit in yesterday’s game, Cliff Pennington went 2-3 today and hit his fourth home run of the season.