Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 3, Red Sox 2


Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 3, Red Sox 2

BOX SCOREOAKLAND -- Even a milestone home run from David Ortiz wasn't enough to stop he A's from sweeping the Boston Red Sox for the first time since 2008. The A's won the game 3-2, and Oakland is now just one game below .500.At the PlateBrandon Moss continued to burn the Red Sox, who drafted him in 2002. In the second inning he hit his 10th homer of the season -- his second in this series. Moss' home run extends the A's streak of 15-straight games with a homer. The longest streak since the A's hit home runs in 17 straight games in 2002.The journeyman first baseman has reached double-digits in the home run column in just 24 games played. Dave Kingman hit 11 homers in 24 games with the A's 1984.Former Red Sox players have driven in nine of the 12 runs scored in the series, Josh Reddick (2), Coco Crisp (2), and Moss (5). Moss ended up a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4.After giving up the lead in the sixth inning, Moss hit a pop up that the Red Sox lost in the sun. As the ball landed just past the infield, Moss motored to second base for a double. Brandon Inge then cracked a ball into the right-center field gap, scoring Moss and tying the game at two.Crisp hit a leadoff triple to start the seventh inning. With the infield in, Jemile Weeks stroked an RBI single between third baseman Mauro Gomez and shortstop Mike Aviles, giving the A's a 3-2 lead.Starting Pitching ReportA.J. Griffin will go down in history as the pitcher that gave up David Ortiz' 400th career home run. It was a game-tying solo shot. Ortiz is the now 49th on the all-time home run list, passing Al Kaline and Andres Gallaraga who hit 399. Ortiz figures to pass Duke Snider at some point this season. He is next on the list with 407 career homers.It is worth noting that Paul Konerko also hit his 400th career home run at the Coliseum on April 25. He now has 410 career homers.Griffin had two outs in the sixth inning when Ortiz stepped to the plate again. Public address announcer Dick Callahan acknowledged Ortiz for his milestone home run and he received a standing ovation, tipping his batting helmet to the crowd.Griffin ended up allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings of work. He struck out three batters and walked two. He threw 108 pitches.After the brief pause, Griffin walked Ortiz. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then reached base when Weeks made an error on the shift. Adrian Gonzalez followed with the go-ahead, RBI single.Bullpen ReportRyan Cook pitched a tidy ninth inning for his eighth save.Grant Balfour went 1 23 innings without allowing a baserunner. He got the win.Jerry Blevins only faced one batter; he struck out Ortiz on three pitches.In the FieldYoenis Cespedes broke in on a hard liner off the bat of Gomez, before having to turn around and run after the ball leaping as it traveled over his head. The bad read resulted in the first hit of Gomez' career.Moss snagged a liner off the bat of Nick Punto robbing him of a two-out double in the seventh inning.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 28,240.Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. It was the live dot race again. I am certain they put the slowest person in the Red dot costume.Up NextAfter 16 straight days at work, the A's have Thursday off. They return to action at the Coliseum Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. Tommy Milone (8-6, 3.37 ERA) will be on the mound for the A's. Kevin Millwood (3-6, 4.00 ERA) will be starting for the Mariners. Millwood returns to the rotation after aggravation a groin injury against the A's when they last met in Seattle. Milone is 2-1 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts.

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?


Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.