Arizona Fall League roundup: A's arms dominating their competition

Arizona Fall League roundup: A's arms dominating their competition

The A's have four pitchers in the Arizona Fall League. How good have they been? With two weeks left, Trey Cochran-Gill's 2.89 ERA is the highest of the four. 

Ahead of Cochran-Gill are Frankie Montas (0.00 ERA), Sam Bragg (0.79 ERA) and Dylan Covey (2.65 ERA). 

The last time Covey and Montas stepped on the mound, the two put in eight innings of work for AFL history. Covey and Montas, along with Marlins farmhand Drew Steckenrider, combined to throw the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League history Tuesday in the Mesa Solar Sox' 1-0 win over the Surprise Saguaros.

Montas for one, didn't even know history was on the line until after he came out of the game. "I didn't know until after I was done," Montas said to about the no-hitter. "I just came in, tried to put zeros on the board and do my best.

"I feel like if you don't know, you don't put that much pressure on yourself."

Montas, aquired at this season's trade deadline from the Dodgers in which Rich Hill and Josh Reddick headed to LA, has been lights out in the AFL. Through 11.1 innings pitched in four appearances out of the bullpen, the big right-hander hasn't allowed an earned run and opposing hitters are batting just .114 against him. 

Another dominant bullpen arm for the A's in the AFL, is right-hander Sam Bragg. This past week, in two games out of the 'pen, Bragg was nearly unhittable, tossing 4.1 innings pitched and allowed three hits with no runs scored. In that time, Bragg struck out four and walked only one batter. 

For his performance so far in the AFL, Bragg was named to the Fall Stars Game.

In six games, only one earned run has crossed home plate against Bragg. The 23-year-old has recorded 11 strikeouts to only one walk in 11.1 innings pitched. 

As Covey tackled history with five innings of no-hit ball, his ERA dropped from 3.75 to 2.65 in 17 innings pitched. The start was the longest outing for Covey this fall. 

Cochran-Gill actually saw his ERA rise by 0.64 points after his last appearance. Throwing 1.1 innings on Halloween, he allowed two hits and one earned run against the Salt River Rafters. 

Between the four pitchers, the quartet has combined for 48.3 innings pitched in the AFL while only allowing nine earned runs.


-- Montas is one of four pitchers on the Solar Sox who has not allowed an earned run yet. And he is also one of just six pitchers in all of the AFL to throw at least eight innings with no earned runs. 

-- Bragg owns the lowest ERA on the Solar Sox for pitchers that have allowed an earned run. Of those to see a run cross home plate, Bragg has the second lowest ERA in the AFL. 

-- Covey is tied for the team lead with innings pitched and has struck out the second-most batters on the team. 

-- Top prospect Franklin Barreto will join Bragg in the Fall Stars Game. Barreto, 20, is struggling at the plate. He is down to hitting .222/.232/.278 with 13 strikeouts in 13 games played after going 2-for-13 (.154) in his last three games.

Lowrie, Piscotty power A's comeback win vs Padres

Lowrie, Piscotty power A's comeback win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO  — Stephen Piscotty homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and Jed Lowie hit a two-run shot with two outs in the 10th to lift the Oakland Athletics over the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Piscotty’s shot into the second deck came off closer Brad Hand. Hand was trying for his 22nd save and retired the first two batters before Piscotty homered on a 2-2 pitch, his fifth.

Adam Cimber (3-3) allowed Marcus Semien’s one-out single in the 10th and retired Chad Pinder on a fly to right before Lowrie connected for his 10th homer.

Rookie Lou Trivino (4-1) pitched two innings for the win. Blake Treinen pitched the 10th for his 16th save.

Padres rookie left-hander hander Eric Lauer had been in line for the victory after pitching six strong innings. He settled down after allowing an unearned run in the second and held the A’s to one run and three hits while matching his strikeout high with seven. He walked two.

The Padres had given Lauer just enough support in the first two innings against Paul Blackburn. Jose Pirela brought in a run in the first on a grounder and Raffy Lopez doubled with one out in the second to bring in rookie Franmil Reyes, who was aboard on a leadoff double.

Blackburn allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, struck out four and walked two.

The A’s scored in the second with some help from replay. Khris Davis drew a leadoff walk and was originally called out on a force play on Matt Olson’s ground ball. The A’s challenged and the call was overturned, with shortstop Freddy Galvis given an error because his foot wasn’t on second base when he took the throw. Davis advanced on Mark Canha’s single and scored when Piscotty grounded into a double play.


The Padres are in a stretch in which they will play just five of 28 games at home. After going 5-5 on a trip through Miami, St. Louis and Atlanta, the Padres are home for just two games before heading out for a seven-game trip to San Francisco and Texas. Then they’re home for three games against Pittsburgh before a six-game trip to Oakland and Arizona.


Padres: Have cut short OF Franchy Cordero’s rehab assignment after he felt something in his right elbow. Manager Andy Green said it’s “highly unlikely” Cordero is back soon.


Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.67 ERA) is scheduled to start the finale of the two-game series.

Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 3.23) is scheduled to return from more than a month on the DL with a strained right hip.

POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's Perfect Game vs Long's game-saving catch in Fenway


POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's Perfect Game vs Long's game-saving catch in Fenway

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live tonight at 6:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Padres conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (11-time winner -- Defeated The Big Three's sweep of the D'backs in Arizona in 2001)

(From Dallas Braden)

Well, they haven’t taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It’s still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A’s fans everywhere.

In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I’d become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that’s what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.

I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn’t be happier to share this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It’s a perfect fit if you ask me.


2. Terrence Long's game-saving catch over the wall at Fenway in 2002

(From Ben Ross)

On August 7, 2002, Terrence Long stunned Fenway Park and the entire city of Boston. With two on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the A's clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Red Sox, Manny Ramirez sent a fly ball deep to right-center field. Long took off from his position in center field and made a leaping catch over the wall to preserve the win for Oakland.

Long was immediately tackled by fellow outfielder Jermaine Dye in celebration. Closer Billy Koch was so happy, he ran all the way to the outfield to give Long a bear hug.

Six days later, the A's would begin their historic 20-game win streak. They would go on to win the AL West with a record of 103-59.