Athletics 3, Indians 2
Stephen Vogt can really fly. Especially for a catcher, as he
cheerfully points out.
With the game tied in the seventh, Vogt took off from first on
Eric Sogard’s two-out double and beat the throw home to score the
go-ahead run in Oakland’s 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on
”I can run,” Vogt said, smiling. ”I played a lot of outfield
in the minor leagues and I’ve been able to run a little bit, for a
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first, and Sogard
came through yet again with a timely hit.
The A’s gained ground on first-place Texas in the AL West race
for the second straight day, pulling within a half-game after the
Rangers lost at home to Seattle.
”Every one’s huge now,” Sogard said. ”We’re not in the middle
of the game looking at the scoreboard, though.”
Former A’s fan favorite Nick Swisher tied the game at 2 in the
seventh with an RBI single, and winner Sean Doolittle (4-4) walked
the bases loaded before getting out of it with only the one run.
Swisher, booed at every chance, grounded out with runners on first
and second to end the eighth.
Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 32 chances,
allowing a one-out walk to Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley’s
single before Asdrubal Cabrera lined into a game-ending double play
as the A’s held on to win for the first time in five tries this
year against the Indians.
Cleveland All-Star Justin Masterson (13-9) lost consecutive
decisions for just the second time this season. He allowed three
runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings after coming off his shortest
outing of the year, 4 1-3 innings in which he allowed five runs and
seven hits against the Angels.
He is still looking for his first victory in the Oakland
Coliseum. He dropped to 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA in six appearances and
”We couldn’t catch a break,” Masterson said. ”We were getting
some good at-bats. We got guys on, we weren’t able to get that
A’s starter A.J. Griffin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth
but his pitch count climbed in a hurry and he was done after five
innings and 104 pitches. The right-hander’s winless stretch reached
three starts since getting victories in four of his previous five
”That many pitches in five innings and you’re feeling good
about yourself,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. ”But when
you get to the bullpen, this is one of the few teams who can run
some pretty good guys out there.”
The A’s held on in their home ballpark after being swept in a
four-game series in Cleveland from May 6-9, being outscored 21-8.
In the third game of the series, Adam Rosales was denied a
ninth-inning home run and given a double by the umpires in a 4-3
A’s loss – even after going to replay. Major League Baseball the
next day said the umpires made an ”improper call,” but executive
vice president Joe Torre said the ”judgment” decision is
Griffin and Masterson matched up in that one, too.
On Friday, the Indians got on the board in the third on Carlos
Santana’s single to right. Gold Glove right fielder Josh Reddick
wildly overthrew third baseman Josh Donaldson trying to get
Swisher. The ball hit the facing of the Oakland dugout and bounced
back onto the field, where Donaldson grabbed it and threw home not
knowing the play was dead and Swisher would score. Meanwhile,
Griffin went sliding into the dirt on his knees apparently thinking
he could stop the ball from reaching the dugout.
Reddick made a nice reaching catch at the warning track on a
hard hit ball by Michael Bourn in the fifth to rob him of an
extra-base hit, then Cespedes chased down a drive by Brantley for
the third out of the inning as the Indians left the bases
NOTES: The Indians matched a season high by stranding 13
baserunners. … A’s CF Coco Crisp is still dealing with stiffness
in his troublesome left wrist and sat out three days after
receiving a cortisone injection. … Indians RHP Corey Kluber, on
the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right middle finger,
played catch from 90 feet in right field before the game. He will
extend out to 120 feet Saturday. ”He’s kind of flying through
this,” Francona said. … Cleveland RHP Carlos Carrasco has been
moved to the bullpen for now. He allowed 10 hits and four earned
runs in 4 1-3 innings Wednesday at Minnesota. Recalled last Friday
from Triple-A Columbus, he is winless in seven starts this year and
hasn’t won since June 29, 2011, at Arizona. … Francona on
Cleveland reserve Jason Giambi, former A’s slugger: ”He’s been a
blessing to all of us here. There’s some wear and tear on those
tires, he’s got some miles on them. But he’s still a presence in
the batter’s box.” … Indians RHP Brett Myers, out since April 20
with right elbow inflammation, threw his fourth bullpen and is set
for a simulated game Sunday at Double-A Akron.