It was the Chad and Sean show as A’s beat Cleveland 3-1

May 31, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics First base Yonder Alonso (17) singles off the left field wall during the sixth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians on May 31, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Alonso was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Cleveland- The A’s snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday in Cleveland behind another Sean Manaea pitching gem and the bat of Chad Pinder. The A’s won 3-1 and won their second game on the seven-game road trip that ends Thursday.

Last Friday night, Manaea pitched extremely well, and many thought that that game was the best of his career. He raised the bar on Wednesday as he went seven innings and allowed the hard-hitting Indians just one run. Manaea retired the first ten hitters he faced, and the spell was broken when the Indians’ All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor, homered just over the line in left field in the bottom of the fourth. The A’s had led 1-0 when Chad Pinder hit his sixth homer of the year in the top of the third.

The Indians’ Mike Clevinger also pitched well but not well enough. In the top of the fifth, Clevinger walked Trevor Plouffe. The next hitter, Chad Pinder, hit a monster home run that went at least 20 rows deep into the left-centerfield bleachers to put the A’s ahead for good. Neither team did anything after the fifth.

Game Notes- Manaea struck out nine Indians and had everything working for him. A’s manager Bob Melvin is no doubt extremely pleased with Manaea’s last two outings.  His record is now 4-3 for 2017. Mike Clevinger took the loss and is 2-2.

The A’s made another error Wednesday, but the miscue did not cause any damage. The A’s are just not a good defensive team.

The A’s are now 23-29, and Cleveland drops to 27-24. The final game of the four-game series will be played Thursday at 9:10 am. Jharel Cotton will pitch for Oakland. Jharel will be looking for his fourth win, and he will be opposed by Corey Kluber. Kluber is one tough customer, and he has a Cy Young award on his resume.

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