Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 2, Mariners 1


Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 2, Mariners 1


OAKLAND -- It almost seems criminal that Josh Reddick will be spending the All-Star break at home. He further proved he belongs among the league's elite with a walk-off double in the 13th inning to defeat the Mariners 2-1. The A's are .500 at the All-Star break. They are now 6-2 in extra inning games, and 16-10 in games decided in the seventh inning or later. At the PlateThe A's got an early run off Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez. Coco Crisp and Jemile Weeks started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Crisp ended up scoring on an infield single by Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes ended up leaving the game with a left thumb sprain. The injury appeared to happen after stealing second base in the first inning.The A's got back-to-back singles again to start the fifth inning. They ended up squandering the scoring opportunity though. Cliff Pennington, who hit the leadoff single, was picked off at second base when Weeks missed a bunt attempt. The mistake proved to be a costly one as the A's failed to score a run in the frame.Mistakes like that tend to be costly when opposing a former Cy Young-award winner. Hernandez ended up throwing 7.2 innings, allowing one run, six hits, and three walks. He struck out six A's batters.In the 10th inning they got another opportunity to score when Pennington hit another leadoff single. Crisp laid down a sacrifice bunt but Pennington was thrown out at second. Then Crisp was picked off at first base. With two outs Weeks reached on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the A's couldn't score. Weeks got a leadoff single in the 13th and Reddick drove him in with a walk-off double to left-center field. Starting Pitching ReportA's starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was incredibly efficient. He threw 93 pitches and only 14 of them were balls. He ended up throwing 8.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing only one earned run. Colon threw a first-pitch strike to 32 of the 34 batters he faced and didn't allow a walk.Colon carved through the Mariners lineup with ease. He gave up a single to start the game and then was perfect until the sixth inning. He retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. It wasn't until the sixth inning that the Mariners snapped a streak of 17 straight hitters retired. With two outs they recorded three hits in a row to tie the game. Bullpen ReportRyan Cook entered the game in relief of Colon with two outs in the ninth inning. He struck out Miguel Olivo to end the inning with runners on second and third. He came back out and pitched a flawless 10th inning. Sean Doolittle pitched the 11th. He struck out Saunders swinging on a 95-mph fastball. He struck out John Jaso swinging on a 94-mph fastball. And got Kyle Seager swinging on a 93-mph pitch.In the FieldDerek Norris committed his first big league error when he dropped a foul pop up. Brandon Moss also mishandled a ball at first base to start the seventh inning, he was charged with an error as well. None of the bad plays ended up costing the A's anything more than a few extra Colon pitches. AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 20,075. It was turn-back-the-clock-day at the ballpark. The A's were donning the 1955 uniform of the Oakland Oaks. The Mariners were wearing the uniforms of the Tacoma Rainiers. Fake Elvis Presley sang the National Anthem after entering the building in a pink Cadillac. He also performed his hit single Blue Suede Shoes. Dot RaceIn lieu of the Dot Race, the A's did an Elvis race. He won. Up NextThe A's get four days off for the All-Star break before taking on the Twins in Minnesota. When they return to action on July 13, A.J. Griffin will be on the mound. He will be followed by Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker. Griffin (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will be taking on Francisco Liriano (3-7, 5.08 ERA).

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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Ryon Healy trade has domino effect


Ryon Healy trade has domino effect

The A’s wasted no time making their first major move of the offseason, and it has a domino effect on how their 2018 lineup will take shape.

The trade of young slugger Ryon Healy to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday paves the way for left fielder Khris Davis to start getting heavy at-bats as the designated hitter, the spot left vacant by Healy.

It also points to another move the A’s want to pull off — acquiring a right-handed hitting corner outfielder who presumably can eat up those defensive innings that Davis spends as the DH.

It’s a series of moves that isn’t all that surprising given the A’s roster makeup right now. Healy, who hit .282 with 38 homers in 221 games over his first two big league seasons, is capable of playing either first or third base. But Matt Olson and Matt Chapman secured those spots, respectively, with their solid showings as rookies last season.

“We’ve obviously talked a lot since the end of the season about adding to the bullpen,” A’s general manager David Forst said on a conference call Wednesday night. “At the same time, with the emergence of Matt and Matt, on the corners, maybe Ryon needed to be somebody we might have to move ...”

It makes sense for Oakland to find a way to shift Davis from being the everyday left fielder while still keeping his 40-homer bat in the lineup. Opponents have routinely taken extra bases the past two seasons on Davis’ throwing arm, and whether they add a newcomer to play left or shift Joyce or someone else there, chances are they can benefit from better defense in left.

The A’s also feel they got an important chip back from Seattle to help bolster a bullpen that ranked 13th in the American League last season with a 4.57 ERA. They received right-hander Emilio Pagan (along with minor league shortstop Alexander Campos), and figure that the 26-year-old Pagan is someone the A’s have pegged to be an immediate contributor in their ‘pen.

A 10th round draft pick in 2013, Pagan made his big league debut in 2017 and posted a 3.22 ERA over 34 games spread over four stints with Seattle. He endured a rocky first couple of outings but, after being called up for good in the second half, eventually worked his way into a late-inning setup role. Pagan struck out 56 and walked just eight in 50 1/3 innings, numbers that surely popped out to Oakland’s front office.

He’ll likely be called upon in middle relief to help set the table for Chris Hatcher and closer Blake Treinen, as the bullpen currently looks.

Campos, just 17, spent this past season in the Dominican Summer League, and Forst said the A’s were eyeing Campos last summer when they eventually traded Yonder Alonso to the Mariners. Oakland wound up getting center fielder Boog Powell back in that deal.

Did the A’s rake in enough for Healy? As with all trades, it will take time to judge. But it’s fair to say that Healy’s departure will be felt in a clubhouse that is characterized by the emergence of many young position players, and he was a part of that group. In fact, when Healy was called up in July 2016 — knocking Danny Valencia out as the regular third baseman — he became the first of several promising position-player prospects to establish himself in Oakland’s lineup.

He rented a house in the East Bay and eventually took in Chapman, Olson and Chad Pinder as roommates. There’s a fiery side to Healy’s on-field personality that was a positive for the A’s, and watching him play Oakland as a member of an AL West rival will make for entertaining theatre.

Another storyline is how Davis takes to being a regular DH. Forst praised Davis’ approach to his game and doesn’t anticipate any problems, adding that the A’s still want to get Davis some time in the outfield.