Miami Marlins outlast A’s as they rap out 19 hits in 11-9 win to open two game set

May 23, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Miami Marlins’ Justin Bour, right, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run as Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Daniel Coulombe, left, walks back to the mound during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The Miami Marlins pounded out nineteen hits and put eleven runs on the board as they defeated the A’s 11-9 Tuesday night at the Coliseum. The Marlins scored seven runs in the first three innings of the game. The A’s tried to catch up, but they never were able to take the lead. The A’s had eight hits, and six of them were for extra bases. They hit three home runs, three doubles, and two singles. The Marlins had just one dinger, but it seemed as if the A’s pitchers were throwing batting practice.

The visiting Miami Marlins took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon dropped a bunt down the third baseline for a single. Gordon stole second and went to third when Stephen Vogt’s throw sailed into centerfield. Vogt was charged with an error on the play. Ir was the A’s 43rd error of the season as they lead all of Big League baseball in that department. Marlins’ right fielder, superstar Giancarlo Stanton singled to drive in Gordon.

The Marlins scored three runs on four hits in the second inning. Catcher J.T.Realmuto beat out an infield single with one out. Third baseman Derek Dietrich doubled to put men on at second and third. Ichiro Suzuki, who is 43 years old and will be voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot, singled to drive in both runners. Dee Gordon tripled to drive in Ichiro with the Marlins fourth run of the game. The A’s put one on the board when Yonder Alonso hit his 13th home run of the year into the right-field seats. The A’s trail 4-1 after two innings of play.

The Marlins scored three more runs in the top of the third. Jesse Hahn gave up a single to leadoff hitter Christian Yelich. After Yelich reached, Hahn left the game with a right triceps strain.A’s manager Bob Melvin brought in Bobby Wahl to pitch. Marcel Ozuna greeted Wahl as he doubled to drive in Yelich. Ozuna advanced to third on a wild pitch. Justin Bour doubled to drive in Ozuna with the Marlins’ sixth run of the game. Derek Dietrich singled to drive in Bour to increase the Marlins lead to 7-1. The A’s rallied to tally three in the bottom of the 4th. Jed Lowrie started things off by getting hit by a pitch. Khris Davis walked to put men on at first and second with no out. Marlins’ pitcher retired Alonso for the first out. the next hitter, Ryon Healy sent the ball over the wall in centerfield for a three-run homer. Earl Weaver has to be smiling if he is watching the game from wherever he is now. The A’s trail 7-4 and are back in the game.

The Marlins continued to rap out hits. John Axford was now pitching for Oakland and the Marlins were able to score another run on three straight singles. Miami is in the driver’s seat with an 8-4 advantage in the middle of the fifth.

The A’s continued to chip away at the Marlins lead. In the bottom of the sixth, they plated two runs on three hits. Jed Lowrie started the frame with a double. Khris Davis also doubled to drive in the A’s fifth run of the night. Yonder Alonso was hit on the right wrist and looked to be in severe pain. Bob Melvin and the trainer rushed out to see what happened. Alonso went to the dugout but returned and went to first base. Stephen Vogt singled to drive in Davis and cut the deficit to 8-6 after six.

The Marlins hit parade continued when their first baseman Justin Bour hit a solo homer off lefty Daniel Coulombe. The Marlins lead 9-6 as the A’s are now hitting in the bottom of the seventh. The A’s mounted a rally on the strength of 2 walks and an error by the second baseman Dee Gordon as he dropped Khris Davis’ towering popup in short right field that loaded the bases with just one out.  Marlins’ reliever Kyle Barraclough then retired Rajai Davis and Ryon Healy to end the threat.

The Marlins tacked on two more runs on three hits in the top of the ninth to take a commanding 11-6 lead. The A’s made it interesting as they scored three runs on three hits but it was not enough as they lost 11-9.

Game notes- Two of the A’s players suffered injuries in the game. Jesse Hahn left the game with a right triceps strain. It is not known how long he will be out. First baseman Yonder Alonso was hit by a pitch, and he suffered a contusion on his right hand and wrist. X-Rays were negative and, again, it is not known if he will miss any playing time.

The A’s hit three more home runs to increase the total to 67 for the season. The A’s used six pitchers, and none of them could stop the Marlins attack. Marlins starter Jose Urena was the winner and his record improved to 2-2. Jesse Hahn took the loss for Oakland, and he is 1-4 for 2017. The hitting stars for Miami were Justin Bour with four hits, Giancarlo Stanton three,  and Dee Gordon three.  The A’s homers were hit by Ryon Healy(8), Yonder Alonso (13), and Rajai Davis (2).

Time of game was three hours and forty-six minutes, and there were 12,835 people on hand to watch the A’s go down. The A’s record drops to 20-25 while Miami improves to 16-28.

Game two of the two-game series will be played at 12:35 pm on Wednesday. Sonny Gray will pitch for the A’s, and Edinson Volquez goes for Miami. Gray is 1-1 while Volquez is 0-2.

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