Athletics 6, Padres 4
Jonny Gomes’ knew he had been unproductive in a pinch hitting
role. That didn’t stop him from working the count and getting a
pitch he could hit.
Gomes, who was hitless in his 34 previous pinch hit appearances,
hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning to help the
Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Saturday.
”Can’t hit righties, can’t hit sliders, that’s something I’ve
battled all my life,” Gomes said. ”Pinch hitting? Throw that into
the bag of things I can’t do. You can say I’m 0 for whatever bit
I’m still in a big league uniform and battling every day.”
Seth Smith also homered for the A’s, who have won a season-high
five straight. Jemile Weeks and Collin Cowgill also drove in
”We’re starting to get a little character in here,” Gomes
said. ”It’s a nice situation.”
Carlos Quentin hit a home run for the Padres, who have lost two
straight since sweeping the Seattle Mariners. Will Venable also
drove in two runs.
Sean Doolittle (1-0) pitched the seventh and earned his first
major league victory. The converted first baseman gave up two runs
on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan Cook pitched
the ninth for his third save in four chances.
”I never had any decisions in the minor leagues either,”
Doolittle said. ”It just seems like somebody different steps up
every day. Sometimes it’s a pitcher and sometimes it’s a
Joe Thacher (0-2) took the loss.
Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing
three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
A’s starter Tyson Ross, in his first big league start in nearly
three weeks, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving
up a two-run, two-out home run to Quentin.
”Early in the game he was throwing a lot of fastballs, a lot of
sinkers,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”Then as the game
progressed he got underneath us a little bit with the slider, as
evident by multiple strikeouts. He’s a tall guy with a good arm
slot that when he releases the ball it’s a good angle. With the
good depth of the slider, you saw our guys swing over the top of
Ross allowed the two runs on one hit over his six innings. He
walked four and struck out six in his first major league start
since May 30.
”His ball-to-strike ratio was not great but he did use his
breaking ball effectively,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”He
certainly kept the damage down. You could say he was effectively
Ohlendorf didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings. Smith’s
seventh home run of the season cleared the center field wall with
one out. Brandon Moss doubled and Cowgill singled later in the
inning to put the A’s ahead 2-0.
Weeks made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth.
”I thought I saw the ball creeping up in the zone a little bit
in the latter part of his outing,” Black said. ”They took
advantage of some balls out over the plate but overall he hung in
there. Maybe not as efficient as he would like.”
Quentin’s home run, his sixth of the season, brought the Padres
within one in the sixth. Quentin was hit by a pitch for the 102nd
time in his career in the second inning.
Venable’s two-run double against Doolitte in the seventh put San
Diego ahead 4-3.
Cliff Pennington, who had reached base in his last seven at-bats
before fouling out in the eighth, walked to open the seventh. One
out later he went to second on Weeks’ single and to third on Josh
Reddick’s fielder’s choice.
Luke Gregerson replaced Thacher one pitch into Gomes’ at-bat and
immediately bounced a pitch that allowed Pennington to score the
tying run. Gomes hit Gregerson’s 3-1 delivery into the left field
NOTES: IF Eric Sogard was also recalled with Ross. The A’s
optioned RHP Evan Scribner and IF Adam Rosales to Sacramento. …
The A’s announced IF Kila Ka’aihue cleared waivers and was
outrighted to Sacramento. … Ohlendorf is the 12th starting
pitcher used by the Padres. … Padres’ RHP Micah Owings (strained
right forearm) was scratched from his first rehab start Friday
night. … The A’s send RHP Bartolo Colon (6-6, 4.21) to the mound
in Sunday’s series finale. He’s 1-1 in two career starts against
the Padres, though he hasn’t faced them in six years. … LHP
Clayton Richards (3-7, 4.30) goes for the Padres on Sunday. He’s
2-2 over his last four starts following a five-game losing streak.
… Pennington has drawn a walk in three consecutive games for the
first time this season. … Padres’ OF Mark Kotsay extended his
hitting streak against the A’s to 13 games.