Oakland, CA – Winning the last six of their seven games is nothing to brag about but when you beat the best team in the Majors twice there is something special about that. Keeping their winning streak alive the A’s defeated the Dodgers 4-1 in game two of the series.
Pitching his first complete game, Tommy Milone dominated through nine innings. That’s two nights in a row that Oakland’s pitching has been outstanding. Allowing only one run Milone was awarded the lineup card as a memento.
“Pretty similar to every other one we’ve seen here,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Good cutter, good slider, enough curveballs, changeups, both sides of the plate. Really effective, even the only run they got, wasn’t a hard ball. And [Reddick] almost came up with it. Terrific performance.”
Thanks to right fielder Josh Reddick, the Dodgers scored their only run. Juan Uribe lined an RBI double out to right fielder Reddick, who caught the ball while flipping over. While in motion he lost the ball which looked secured in his glove.
Despite the error, the A’s picked up where they left off with the offense. Brandon Moss blasted a solo home run in the eighth and as the designated hitter, Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup. After missing almost two weeks with a left hamstring. He continued his duties leading the offense in the clean up spot.
“I’ve never been in that situation, not in the eight years I played in Cuba, never was the DH, said Cespedes. “I played every single day on the field because that’s the way I liked it. I like to be playing defense. Between at-bats, I was coming back here to the gym with the trainer to do work.”
Yoenis leadoff the fourth with a double and Seth Smith followed with a double to tie the game 1-1. But Oakland dominated in the fifth scoring two more runs off more turnovers from the Dodgers. After loading the bases, Josh grounded into double play to score Eric Sugared. Then Cespedes RBI single put the A’s up 3-1.
“Every at-bat was good,” Melvin said. “One thing you worry about is pitch selection, whether or not he’s prepared for the breaking ball after the layoff, but oh boy, he was on it. It was pretty impressive to see a guy that was out in the fashion he had, coming in the DH role, kind of think about his injuries a little bit, to put together four at-bats, like he was really nice to see.”
By the seventh inning the southpaw retired fourteen in a row. On the other side, Dodgers pitcher Nathan Eovaldi surrendered seven hits, three runs (all earned), three walks, two strikeouts and one wild pitch in six innings. In five starts, Eovaldi is winless with a total of three runs support while he’s in the game.
“We’re without that one guy in the lineup they’re completely terrified of,” catcher A.J. Ellis said when asked if opponents approach the Dodgers differently without Kemp. “Andre is still an All-Star kind of player, but without his buddy, we’re missing the two-headed monster and that’s tough to get through.”
Notes – Since 2003 the Oakland A’s have raised over $353,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through MUG Root Beer Float Day. Today, the event raised over $24,000 and got help from A’s players, coaches, broadcasters and Bay Area radio and television personalities along with newspaper reporters who served MUG Root Beer and Orange Crush floats.
Written by: Malaika Bobino