Milone helps Oakland beat Triple-A team
Tommy Milone and the Oakland Athletics showed no signs of jet
lag in their first game in the U.S. after opening the regular
season in Japan.
Milone pitched six perfect innings Saturday night with six
strikeouts to lead the A’s to a 9-0 victory over the Sacramento
River Cats, Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate.
The A’s returned to Oakland on Thursday evening after a week in
Japan, where they split two games with the Seattle Mariners.
Several Oakland players said before Saturday’s game that they
still were getting their body clocks adjusted.
Milone wasn’t one of them. The left-hander said he slept on the
plane ride home from Tokyo to adjust to the time change. He was
fresh and ready for his starting assignment, then went out and
locked down the No. 3 spot in Oakland’s rotation.
”I knew what I was doing out there, and it would have been cool
to keep going,” said Milone, who left after throwing 80
Andrew Carignan pitched a scoreless seventh inning, walking two
batters, to complete a no-hitter for the A’s. The game was called
after seven innings due to rain that began during the bottom of the
The A’s got a three-run homer from Coco Crisp in the second
inning and a solo homer by Josh Donaldson in the fifth.
Milone dominated the Sacramento batters. The River Cats hit only
four balls beyond the infield.
”It’s what we’ve seen all spring,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin
said. ”When he misses, it’s usually by design. Great command, I
mean, you see his mechanics. Real still head and he really has a
great feel for pitching and reading hitters. He can read swings
Melvin joked that he wanted to let Milone pitch to one more
batter because he hadn’t yet reached his pitch limit after six
innings. He decided against it.
”I told (catcher Kurt Suzuki), `I’m not going out there in the
middle of a perfect game and taking this guy out of the game,”’
Melvin said. ”You’re either done right now or you’re going out for
the full inning.”
Milone looked far from done before leaving his longest and
strongest performance of the spring as he sailed through the
Sacramento batting order three times.
”Obviously, you try to go out there and throw zeroes every
inning,” Milone said. ”I came out right away and showed the
command I had, and I kind of realized after three or four innings
what I had going. But really, we all just came out ready to play
Oakland’s offense also got in the groove quickly, roughing up
Sacramento starter Jarrod Parker, who walked the first two batters
he faced and hit Suzuki with a pitch two batters later to load the
bases with two outs.
Parker appeared to get out of the first-inning jam when Josh
Reddick lofted a fly ball to center field. Grant Green got under
the ball but then dropped it, allowing all three base runners to
Crisp’s shot over the right field fence highlighted a three-run
Oakland second inning and the A’s added two more runs in the
NOTES: Manny Ramirez, who did not travel with the A’s to Japan,
strained a hamstring last week and did not join the team in
Sacramento. Melvin said Ramirez would not play in the three-game
Bay Bridge exhibition series against the San Francisco Giants. …
Left-hander Dallas Braden, who was placed on the 15-day disabled
list earlier this week, suffered a setback in his recovery from
shoulder surgery when he strained his throwing shoulder last week.
”He’s not throwing right now,” Melvin said. ”We’re on hold with
that. I don’t have a timetable with him.”