Athletics 7, Diamondbacks 2
The Athletics traded for Scott Sizemore because they needed help
at third base and he has a nice on-base percentage. Any power
hitting was purely a bonus.
Conor Jackson and Sizemore each hit a two-run homer and newly
chosen All-Star Gio Gonzalez struck out seven to lead Oakland past
the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 Sunday.
David DeJesus also drove in two runs for the A’s, who won for
the fourth time in 11 games since a six-game winning streak ended.
Jemile Weeks drove in a run and Sizemore had three hits.
”I’m not going to hit a lot of home runs but it’s nice to hit
one,” Sizemore said. ”He left a change up and I saw it well out
of his hand and hit it pretty well.”
Jackson and Sizemore connected in the sixth, the first time the
A’s have hit two home runs in an inning all season. It was
Sizemore’s second homer this year.
”He’s a good on-base guy and hits the ball the other way,” A’s
manager Bob Melvin said. ”He’s gained a lot of confidence and has
become an everyday third baseman. He’s been a productive
Xavier Nady and Sean Burroughs drove in runs for the
Diamondbacks, who lost their third consecutive series and have lost
four of their last five games.
”We had a lot of chances but we were unable to take
advantage,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ”Gio is pretty
good and you have to give him credit. He knows how to pitch. He has
Gonzalez (8-5) allowed a run and walked three in seven innings.
He is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last four starts.
Earlier in the day, the AL All-Star roster was announced and he
”I didn’t want to get over excited,” Gonzalez said. ”It’s
always been a secret goal for myself. I just want to enjoy the
moment and move forward to get myself ready for my next
Gonzalez is now third in the AL with a 2.31 ERA after throwing a
career-high 119 pitches.
”There was a lot more going through his head,” Melvin said.
”You want him to focus and not have any more distractions. He’s a
fun-loving kid who likes to smell the roses. His leadership comes
when he takes the ball because we feel we have a good chance to win
Ian Kennedy (8-3) lasted 5 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs on
a season-high 10 hits. He walked two and struck out six.
”The command wasn’t the same,” Kennedy said. ”I wasn’t
executing the same as I was in the first couple innings. It was me
not throwing enough strikes.”
Kennedy lost for the second time since April 13 and for the
first time on the road. He extended his streak of consecutive games
with at least 100 pitches to 15, matching the longest active streak
in the NL with Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay.
The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Chris Young
doubled to open the inning and Nady singled him home two outs
The A’s responded in their half of the fourth. Coco Crisp, who
has an eight-game hitting streak, and Hideki Matsui led off with
singles. Two outs later, DeJesus delivered a two-run double, his
first RBIs since May 31, a span of 23 games.
Arizona loaded the bases with no outs against Michael Wuertz in
the eighth. All-Star Justin Upton doubled leading off and both
Chris Young and Stephen Drew walked.
Joey Devine relieved Wuertz and got the next two hitters before
Burroughs’ pinch-hit single drove in Upton. Matsui’s throw from
left field got Young, who did not slide, at the plate. It was
Matsui’s first outfield assist since May 23, 2008, against
NOTES: A’s RHP Brandon McCarthy was activated from the 15-day
disabled list and will start Monday. The A’s optioned LHP Josh
Outman to Triple-A Sacramento to make room. ”It was not
performance-based,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”It was a
numbers thing.” … Upton has Gibson’s blessing if he wants to
participate in the All-Star home run derby. ”If he wants to do it
and he’s asked, I have no problem with it,” Gibson said. …
Gametime temperature was 83 degrees, the season’s hottest day in
Oakland. … A’s OF Josh Willingham (strained left Achilles’
tendon) had a setback following two rehab games and is day-to-day.
”It stiffened up on him,” Melvin said. … Oakland RHPs Grant
Balfour (strained right oblique) and Tyson Ross (strained left
oblique) threw off the bullpen mound before the game.