By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – After a spectacular road trip the Oakland A’s return home to face the team directly behind them in the Wild Card race in the American League. A Cinderella season for both teams has been unexpected yet entertaining at the same time.
But for the A’s, their success continues, they won the decision 3-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. Playing in front of their first sellout crowd which brought a playoff atmosphere, Oakland did not disappoint. Tommy Milone pitched his thirteenth victory and set a record for most victories by a rookie.
“That’s really impressive,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Doesn’t get lost on us, I congratulated him [Milone] on tying it on Sunday. The next thing he said was,’it’s time to break it’”.
“It was awesome,” said Tommy. “It kind of motivates you to go out there. When the crowds behind you, it’s uplifting and a lot of fun.”
Milone sated he was motivated by recently injured Brandon McCarthy’s visit to the clubhouse before the game. Allowing only two runs in 6 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and walked two. Then the bullpen came in and closed out the game.
Grant Balfour, the closer gave up an infield single to Matt Wieters but struck out pinch-hitter Endy Chavez. He retired Mark Reynolds on a fly out, while the next batter Chris davis was at-bat, pincher runner Xavier Avery was caught stealing second. Catcher Derek Norris acted quickly throwing to second for the out to end the game.
“It was a really good defensive game, but I think the four double plays really kicked us,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Oakland’s defense turned over four double plays in four innings. It was a battle that many anticipated, the Orioles got on the board first on a fielding error by third baseman Josh Donaldson in the third frame.
Then Yoenis Cespedes responded with a two-run homer in the fourth to take the lead 2-1. But Baltimore clapped back with a solo shot from Davis in the fifth to tie the game 2-2. The A’s hits didn’t end there, Adam Rosales leadoff the fifth with a double followed by Jonny Gomes RBI single that extended their lead 3-2.
“You got to credit their pitchers, they made good pitches on us,” said Reynolds. “And that’s what’s frustrating when you ground into double plays, two outs, one ay-bat. It kind of kills the rally.”