A's crush three homers, but drop slugfest to Mariners


A's crush three homers, but drop slugfest to Mariners


SEATTLE -- Daniel Vogelbach took advantage of a throwing error and scored from second base on an infield hit. He made a key scoop at first base to complete a needed double play and end an inning.

Important plays, yes. But they were secondary moments to a home run he won't soon forget.

"That's about as good as you can hit a ball. ... He's starting to heat up a little bit. The confidence is starting to come back," Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Vogelbach the last of Seattle's four home runs, and the Mariners battered Oakland pitching for 17 hits in a 10-8 win over the Athletics on Saturday night.

Vogelbach's was the longest - an estimated 433-foot shot in the seventh inning that nearly reached the upper deck of right field - but was just the capper. Jean Segura hit a three-run homer off Oakland starter Kendall Graveman to stake Seattle to an early lead. Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager added solo shots and the Mariners continued to show the potency of their lineup, scoring five or more runs for the seventh time in 12 games.

Vogelbach also doubled and scampered home standing up after Ichiro Suzuki's infield hit led to a throwing error and a chance for the lumbering first baseman to score from second.

"The vibe on this team, it's hard to describe," Vogelbach said. "Everybody is in it together, big hits everybody gets excited. I think that's something you can't teach. I'm just happy to be here and contribute every day."

Haniger had the decisive three-run blow in Friday's victory and followed up with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth inning on Saturday. He also had a two-run single earlier after the A's had pulled even at 3-all.

Seager's home run was his third of the season and continued to counter what has been sluggish April's in the past from Seattle's third baseman. Seager has nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Seattle's Chasen Bradford (1-0) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief after starter Marco Gonzales was lifted in the fourth, including the key double play Vogelbach scooped to get out of the inning. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Oakland tried to rally late thanks to home runs from Mark Canha and Khris Davis in the seventh inning, and a solo shot from Stephen Piscotty in the eighth to pull within 10-8. But the homers couldn't make up for an ugly night from Oakland's pitchers, who allowed at least one hit to every batter in Seattle's starting lineup. Graveman was out after four innings and the A's bullpen wasn't much better.

"We're scoring some runs. Similar to last night, we just can't hold them down," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Hopefully our offense keeps swinging the bat the way it has been."

The top of the third inning appeared to end with Jonathan Lucroy scoring on Marcus Semien's double, and Semien then being tagged out at the plate for the final out trying to score after the ball escaped catcher David Freitas. But Seattle challenged and the call was changed to a ground-rule double after replay showed Semien's hit bouncing over the yellow line on the outfield wall.

The decision to challenge backfired. Canha followed with a two-run single and Jed Lowrie added an RBI single. Instead of being out of the inning up 3-1, the Mariners were in a 3-3 tie.

Lost in the home runs, Seattle's Dee Gordon extended his hitting streak to 12 games. It's the third-longest hitting streak to begin a season in club history. Dating back to last season, Gordon has a hit in 18 straight games.

Athletics: Oakland placed RHP Liam Hendriks on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, but the club is uncertain the extent of the injury. Melvin said the team wasn't able to determine a time frame for recovery based off the initial examination.

Mariners: Catcher Mike Zunino is likely headed for a brief rehab assignment early next week. Zunino (oblique strain) is expected to catch a couple of games in the minors - either with Double-A Arkansas or Single-A Modesto - early next week before rejoining the Mariners.

Athletics: Sean Manaea (1-2) has allowed two runs or less in each of his three starts but has gotten little run support. The A's have one combined run in his two losses this season.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (2-1) makes his fourth start of the season. Hernandez allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against Kansas City.


Khris Davis happy in Oakland, hopes to stay with A's long term


Khris Davis happy in Oakland, hopes to stay with A's long term

For A's slugger Khris Davis, Oakland has felt like home from day one. And the numbers prove it.

Since the start of the 2016 season, when Davis was traded to the Athletics by Milwaukee, only Giancarlo Stanton has hit more home runs, in all of baseball.

Now in his third season wearing the green and gold, the 30-year-old Davis hopes to play in Oakland for years to come.

“I envision myself winning a championship in Oakland,” he said. “I think there's a lot of tradition here. It's got a rich history of championships. I feel like I could bring a championship to Oakland one day.”

It appears the A's would like to see Davis stay in Oakland as well. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the team has had talks with his agent, Lou Nero of Octagon Baseball, about a multi-year deal.

This season, Davis is earning a team-high $10.5 million. He is under arbitration control for next year, where he would likely get a raise to around $15 million. He is slated to become a free agent after the 2019 season.

While the A's tend to stay away from long-term contracts, it would make sense to re-sign Davis for at least a few years. He has been a powerful force in the lineup the last three seasons, and shows no signs of slowing down. After crushing 42 home runs in 2016, and 43 in 2017, Davis has a chance to make it three consecutive years with 40-plus homers and 100-plus runs batted in.

“Certain guys make their teammates better, and Khris Davis is that guy for us,” said manager Bob Melvin. “He's a presence that the other team feels. He's always one swing away from a three-run homer. He just makes our lineup deeper and kind of takes the pressure off everybody else. He's been terrific since the day he got here.”

Davis has done his best to just focus on baseball, and leave the negotiations to his agent. But he has made it known that he loves playing in Oakland.

“I like the clubhouse,” he said. “We've got a great group of guys I like to be around, and just grow with them on a daily basis. I like where I'm at right now. Whatever happens, happens in the future. It's a business, but at the same time, I'm happy and I can't complain.”

“I know he's really comfortable here,” Melvin added. “There are certain places where guys just feel at home and comfortable, and this is the place for him.”

A's closer Blake Treinen pitches perfect inning in All-Star homecoming

A's closer Blake Treinen pitches perfect inning in All-Star homecoming

A's closer Blake Treinen last pitched at Nationals Park just over a year ago. 

On July 7, 2017, Treinen retired all three batters he faced in his last inning of action with the Washington Nationals, before being traded to Oakland.

375 days later, he did the same thing, this time as an All-Star. The NL All-Stars went three up, three down against Treinen in his Midsummer Classic debut.

Along the way, Treinen even received help from his A's teammate and fellow first-time All-Star, second baseman Jed Lowrie.

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Thanks to his perfect sixth inning, 30-year-old reliever handed off a 2-1 lead to AL teammate Charlie Morton in the seventh inning. Morton relinquished the lead on a Trevor Story solo homer. 

Treinen pitched for the Nationals from 2014-17. Oakland traded Treinen, a 2011 seventh-round draft pick, to Washington as part of a three-team deal in 2013. Fans in D.C. gave him a warm welcome to his former home.