The A’s behind Triggs take rubber-game from Angels; Pinder’s homer in the fifth proves to be the gamer for Oakland

May 10, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder, right, celebrates with Mark Canha after hitting a 2-run home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jesse Chavez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The A’s won the rubber game of the three-game series 3-1 over the LA Angels. The game didn’t start well as A’s starter Andrew Triggs walked the first three hitters to load the bases with no out. Triggs could not find the plate. However, he righted the ship and did not walk another batter in six innings of work. In fact, he had a very good outing. He went six innings and allowed just one run on three hits. He also struck out five. The Angels Jesse Chavez, a former Oakland Athletic, pitched well for the Angels but not well enough. Chavez went five and 2/3rds innings, and he also allowed three hits and two runs. The A’s bullpen held the Angels to preserve the win for Triggs. Liam Hendricks pitched the seventh, Ryan Madson the eighth, and Santiago Casilla closed out the ninth. The Angels could muster just one hit in the last three innings of the game.

The A’s starter Andrew Triggs got off to a rocky start in the first inning. Triggs could not throw a strike as he walked the first three batters he faced. Thirteen of the first fifteen pitches thrown were balls. He righted the ship when he struck out Luis Valbuena for the first out. Jefrey Marte hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in the Angels’ first run of the game. Triggs got Ben Revere to line out to center to end the inning. The Angels lead 1-0 without the benefit of a hit in the inning.

The A’s took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Mark Canha, playing right field, singled to start the rally. The next hitter Chad Pinder slammed his second home run of the year to right. The ball barely made it over the fence but it did go out of the park. The A’s are in front 2-1 after five innings of play.

The A’s added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Ryon Healy singled. Yonder Alonso walked to put men on at first and second. Khris Davis, who had struck out in his first three plate appearances, singled to drive in Healy. Alonso took third when Angels’ left fielder Ben Revere bobbled the ball. Jed Lowrie walked to load the bases but Canha and Pinder struck out to end the threat. The A’s win 3-1.

Game Notes- A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was hit in the mask be a foul ball and the A’s removed him for precautionary reasons. A’s manager Bob Melvin noticed that Maxwell was a little slow responding to the signals from the bench and felt it was better to be safe rather than sorry. After the game, when asked who would be the backup catcher if Maxwell had to go on the seven-day concussion list, Melvin responded: ” I guess it would be me.” Melvin was a catcher during his time in the Big Leagues.

The A’s announced that first baseman Yonder Alonso received the award for American League Player of the Week. It was the first Player of the Week for Alonso.

Triggs improved his record to 5-2. He threw a career-high 105 pitches.  Melvin felt that Triggs was just one guy away from being taken out of the game. “He gave us six innings, and it was a great outing for him.” Khris Davis struck out in his 21st consecutive game. It is a franchise record for non-pitchers. He singled in the eighth to snap a 0-for-12 hitless streak. Chad Pinder hit his second homer of the season. After the game, Melvin said this about Pinder:”he can hit. We have to find a place for him.”

The A’s bullpen did not allow a run in the three-game series. The bullpen has tossed 14 straight scoreless innings since Ryan Dull allowed a two-run homer on Sunday afternoon.

The A’s are off Thursday and will resume play Friday against the Texas Rangers. Game time will be at 5:05 pm. Jesse Hahn pitches Friday, Sonny Gray on Saturday, and Kendall Graveman on Sunday. The Rangers will counter with Andrew Cashner, Nick Martinez, and former Athletic, A.J.Griffin.

 

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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