Oakland, CA – Coming into this series, both teams were coming of wins. Hoping to keep the momentum and winning streak both the Oakland A’s and the San Diego Padres are seeking a win. Unfortunately, one team’s streak ended and that decision was made early.
The A’s demolished the Padres 10-2 and left pitcher Anthony Bass confused as to how it happened so quickly. The offense got the bats going in the first frame. Two back-to-back walks by Bass set the tone for Josh Reddick’s two-run triple. Reddick continues to stay hot and got help from his teammates, especially Cliff Pennington.
“It’s always nice to get a couple knocks, and when it’s your birthday it’s sweeter,” said Pennington.
Celebrating his 28th birthday he gave himself a huge gift by going 3-for-3 sparking the offense throughout the game. He reached base four times and drove in two runs. It was a solid effort from all on both offense and defense. Not known for many high-scoring games Oakland did not disappoint.
Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer in the first, his sixth home run of the season. In 5 1/3 innings Anthony allowed nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits, walking three and striking out three. Not winning a contest since May 15, Bass has given up four or more runs in each of his past five starts.
“He needs to find a way to get through a crisis,” pitching coach Darren Balsley said. “It’s knowing you might give up one or two runs but you have to stay away from giving up four or five.”
The Padres had a pretty good start when southpaw Travis Blackley gave up two back-to-back singles to Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin. Taking a 1-0 lead in the first, they got another run in the second when leadoff hitter Chris Denorfia hit an RBI single. No one expected that 2-0 lead would end after that inning.
Missed opportunities were detrimental to San Diego. An opportunity to bring in their third run ended when Everth Cabrera got caught stealing leaving a runner stranded at third in the second. In the fourth a missed catch error by catcher Nick Hundley advanced Cliff to third after he doubled.
“The boys did awesome with the bats,” Blackley said. “They’ve taken what they’ve done in Colorado and brought it home. Hopefully, they can do that the rest of the series and the rest of the year.”
But the A’s kept the hits coming, scoring two runs (one earned and one unearned) in the inning. Coco Crisp singled on a ground ball to second baseman Alexi Amarista to score Pennington. Oakland continued to take advantage of the mistakes made by San Diego which resulted in poor defense.
In the sixth, Collin Cowgill advanced to second on a caught stealing error by pitcher Brad Boxberger to score Kurt Suzuki while Cliff was at bat. And after loading the bases in the eighth, Jemile Weeks hits a sacrifice fly to score the A’s final run for the victory.
“We had the same type of feel for the couple of days,” said manager Bob Melvin. “We hope to run with it.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino