A’s behind terrific performance by Jesse Hahn, down the Blue Jays again 4-1

June 6, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jesse Hahn works against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- Jesse Hahn, making his first start since coming off the  10-day DL, was in top-notch form as he held the hard-hitting Blue Jays in check and the A’s went on to win 4-1. Hahn had it all going for him Wednesday night. He had his sinker working and had command of his fastball as he reached 95 miles per hour on the speed gun. Hahn went six innings and allowed just 7 hits, and the run the Jays scored was unearned.

The A’s scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Rajai Davis led off with a double. Jed Lowrie singled to advance Rajai to third. Khris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Rajai. The Jays tied the game in the top of the fourth, Joey Bautista aka Joey Bats reached on a Ryon Healy throwing error. Bautista made it to third on a very hard single off the bat of Kendrys Morales. Justin Smoak hit into what appeared to be a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Smoak was called out at first but the Jays challenged the call, and it was overturned. Bautista scored on the play. The Jays loaded the bases, but Hahn got Ryan Goins to hit into a double play to end the threat.

The A’s regained the lead in the fifth. Stephen Vogt worked Marco Estrada for a walk. Estrada had retired the previous 12 A’s hitters in a row. Mark Canha doubled to left and went Carrera bobbled the ball, A’s third base coach, Chip Hale, sent Vogt home. Carrera hit the cutoff man, Troy Tulowitzki, and Tulo made a strong throw home to nail Vogt. Canha ended up on third and scored on a single by Adam Rosales. The A’s plated two more in the sixth. With one out, Jed Lowrie singled. Khris Davis hit a blast that went over Toronto’s center fielder Kevin Pillar for a double. Lowrie scored on the play. Ryon Healy hit a line shot to left that got by Ezequiel Carrera who lost the ball in the lights. Estrada’s night was over, and he left the game trailing 4-1.

The A’s bullpen allowed just one hit the rest of the way. Lefty Daniel Coulombe got the first two out in the seventh. Ryan Madson got the third out and then pitched a flawless eighth inning. A’s closer Santiago Casilla allowed a single to Troy Tulowitzki to start the ninth but retired Chris Coghlan on a grounder to Yonder Alonso at first and then struck out Goins and Maile to end the game to earn his tenth save of the year.

Game notes and stats- The A’s are now 26-32 for the season, and the Jays drop to 28-31. Jays pitcher Marco Estrada went 5 and 2/3rd innings and allowed four runs and 7 hits and saw his record drop to 4-4. The A’s Jesse Hahn improved to 2-4. A’s manager Bob Melvin had this to say about Hahn’s effort:” he gave us six innings. For a guy coming back from the DL and no rehab, he did very well.” Melvin remarked when he saw that Hahn was getting “balls on the ground, (he knew that Hahn) got the good sink.” Melvin also said he was pleased with the clutch hitting of his players:”(they) got some big hits when we needed to.”

The A’s conclude the three-game series with they Jays Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. Game time will be at 12:35 pm Jharel Cotton will go for Oakland while lefty Francisco Liriano handles the pitching chores for Toronto.

Time of game was two hours and forty-five minutes and 16,643 fans watched the A’s down the Jays.

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

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