Cleveland sends A’s down to their third straight loss 5-3; Santana, Jackson, & Encarnacion take Mengden deep

May 29, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Cleveland Indians’ Austin Jackson hits a sacrifice fly off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Daniel Mengden in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Cleveland. Yan Gomes scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Cleveland- The A’s, after losing two out of three from the Yankees, played the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians on Memorial Day. The A’s sent Daniel Mengden to the hill and were hoping that Mengden would get them a win. The Indians had other thoughts as their ace, Carlos Carrasco, sent the A’s down to their third straight loss 5-3.

Mengden, filling in for the injured Kendall Graveman, was recalled from Nashville to make the start. Mengden started well for the A’s in 2016 but finished the season with a record of 2-9 and had an ERA of 6.50. Mengden had surgery to correct in issue in the off-season and was pitching well at NAshville. His record was 2-1 and had an earned run average of 2.21.

Mengden pitched  relatively well for the first three innings of the game.  he gave up just one run. With no out and no one on base, the veteran outfielder Austin Jackson blasted an opposite field home run to give the Indians the lead 1-0. Mengden’s downfall came in the bottom of the fourth when the Indians scored four times. Carlos Santana led off the inning with a home run. That was followed by Edwin Encarnacion’s bomb into the left field seats. Jose Ramirez follwed with a double and he scored on a single by catcher Yan Gomes. The Indians had scored three times and the Indians had yet to make an out. Centerfielder Bradley Zimmer hit a rocket that bounced off Mengden’s foot and caromed into left field for a double to put men on at second and third with no out. Austin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-0. A;s manager Bob Melvin removed Mengden from the game.

The A’s made a comeback in the top of the seventh. With one out, Yonder Alonso launched his 14th roundtripper of the year into the right-centerfield bleachers. The next batter, Ryon Healy, took Carrasco deep for his 9th of the year.  The A’s scored a run in the ninth when Khris Davis hit a fly ball that kept on carrying and left the park. The A’s trailed 5-3 but the Indians’ closer, Cody Allen retired the next two hitters to preserve the win for Cleveland.

Game Notes – Mengden went 3 and 1/3rd innings and allowed seven hits and five runs. He threw 72 pitches. He had this to say about his performance:”Besides feeling well, I gotta be better than that,” Mengden said. “Five runs by the fourth inning, and it’s just tough when Carrasco is throwing as well as he did and having [Andrew] Miller and Allen at the back end of the bullpen. It’s tough putting the guys in a hole like that.” Bob Melvin also commented about Mengden’s work:”I don’t think he was tired,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “More than anything, he just started finding the middle of the plate. Early on he had a good mix and looked confident. Balls were more on the corners. A few balls caught the middle of the plate, and they had him on the run there a little bit.”

The A’s used Daniel Coulombe, Zach Neal, and Liam Hendriks to finish the game. The relievers went 4 and 2/3rd innings and allowed just two hits and no runs the rest of the way. The Indians’ Carrasco pitched 7 innings and allowed four hits and two runs. The lefty, Andrew Miller, pitched the eighth and struck out the side. Closer Cody Allen gave up a home run to Khris Davis but was able to get the last three outs of the game to ear his 14th save.

The A’s continued to hit home runs. They had three more on Monday but they were all solo jobs. On the negative side, the A’s made two more errors and they continue to lead the Majors in that department.

The teams play Game Two of the four-game series Tuesday night in Cleveland. Game time is at 3:10pm. Sonny Gray will handle the pitching chores for Oakland and Sonny is hoping to build on his last two starts. He pitched well against Boston and earned the win last Wednesday against Miami and struck out 13 in that game. Trevor Bauer will go for Cleveland

















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

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