Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as A's score season-high to win series

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as A's score season-high to win series


ANAHEIM — It took them four-plus hours and 18 hits to pull it off, but the A’s completed one crazy comeback victory Sunday at Angel Stadium.

Down five runs in the seventh inning, Oakland rallied for an 11-10 victory to take two of three in Anaheim in one of their wildest games of the season. The A’s knocked out 10 extra-base hits, one off their franchise record, and highlighted their comeback with six consecutive two-out hits during a five-run rally in the eighth.

They trailed 2-0, then jumped ahead 4-2, and eventually were facing a 10-5 deficit before they started hammering away at Angels relievers Blake Parker and Bud Norris in the eighth.

That rally was highlighted by Khris Davis’ two-run homer and a two-run single from slumping catcher Bruce Maxwell. On a day these teams combined for 30 hits, the A’s overcame two errors and won their firs series in Anaheim since June of last season.

The morning started with the A’s trading Yonder Alonso. Who knew their afternoon would get even more unpredictable?

PINDER POWER: Chad Pinder played an instrumental role in the A’s comeback, finishing 4-for-5 with two RBI and needing just a triple for the cycle. In six games since coming off the disabled list, Pinder is 9-for-18.

MAXWELL DELIVERS AT RIGHT TIME: Mired in a 5-for-49 slump, Maxwell came through with the two-run go-ahead single in the eighth to cap the A’s mad five-run rally.

MANAEA’S STRUGGLES: For the first time in his career, Sean Manaea has gone back-to-back outings of less than four innings. He gave up solo homers to Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout early. Then the A’s scored four runs in the top of the fourth to give him a two-run lead to work with, but the lefty gave the lead right back as the Angels answered with a four-run rally of their own to go up 6-4. Manaea walked two and allowed three hits in the inning before Bob Melvin called on Simon Castro from the bullpen.

NAILING IT DOWN: After the A’s went up 11-10, they got scoreless innings from Santiago Casilla and Blake Treinen to close it out.

THE ALONSO AFTERMATH: With the morning trade of Yonder Alonso to the Mariners, Melvin said Matt Olson will be called from Triple-A Nashville to join the club for Tuesday’s series opener against Seattle. The plan is for the left-handed hitting Olson and Ryon Healy to platoon at first base.

The A's are now 50-62 on the season. 

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles


A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.