A’s win 7-6 in thriller with walk-off home run by rookie Franklin Barreto

July 4, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Franklin Barreto has his face covered in shaving cream after hitting a solo walk-off home run to win the game 7-6 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox played a very thrilling seesaw battle on the fourth of July at the Oakland Coliseum. Although fireworks are slated later in the evening, both teams provided the 16,314 fans with plenty of thrills during the game. Neither side would give an inch as both teams clawed back from deficits. Each team had leads, and each team came back to take the lead. The A’s took the lead  6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, and the bullpen held the Sox scoreless until the top of the ninth. The White Sox, with two out in the final frame, found a way to tie the game. The A’s were determined not to lose, and they didn’t as their prize rookie, Franklin Barreto, hit a long, high fly ball to left that just made it over the outstretched glove hand of Melky Cabrera to land over the wall with the game-winning hit.

The White Sox put two runs on the board in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Sox centerfielder Adam Engel singled to center. The next hitter, Melky Cabrera, took Gossett deep for his tenth homer of the year to give the Sox the lead. The Lead didn’t last long as the A’s tied the game in the bottom of the third. With one out, Sox starter “Big Game” James Shields walked Rajai Davis. The next hitter, Matt Joyce, hit his eleventh round tripper of the season over the center-field wall to bring Davis home just ahead of him.

The A’ plated two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Yonder Alonso led off the inning with a blast to right that kept on carrying and landed just over the wall near the right field BBQ Terrace. For Alonso, it was his eighteenth big fly of the year and his first since Jube 15th when he hit one against the Yankees. The A’s fourth run of the game after Shields walked Jaycob Brugman with two out. Rookie shortstop, Franklin Barreto, who had been struggling with the bat, hit a ball to deep right-center-field that hit at the base of the wall. Brugman scored, and Barreto ended up on third with a triple. Raji Davis flew out to center to end the inning. The A’s in the lead 4-2.

The White Sox retook the lead in the top of the fifth. Sox catcher Omar Narvaez led off with a single. Adam Engel touched Gossett for another single to put me on at first and second with no out. Gossett retired Melky Cabrera on a fielder’s choice. The next hitter, big Jose Abreu, Lined his 15th homer of the season down the left field line. The ball cleared the wall, this time near the left field BBQ Terrace, for what we call the “Earl Weaver special’: a three-run homer. The Chisox now own the advantage 5-4 in the middle of the fifth. The A’s fought back in their half on the inning once more. Shields retired the first two hitters he faced to record two quick outs. Khris Davis reached on an infield hit, and he scored ahead of Yonder Alonso’s second homer of the game. 6-5 in favor of Oakland heading into the sixth.

The A’s relievers held the White Sox scoreless until the ninth. With the A’s closer Santiago Casilla in the game, the White Sox staged a rally to tie the game. With one out, Casilla gave up a seeing-eye single to Tim Anderson, Kevan Smith singled to put men on at first and third. Casilla now had to face his former teammate Melky Cabrera. Casilla and Cabrera were teammates on the 2012 San Francisco Giant club. Casilla had two strikes on Cabrera but Melky won the battle as he singled to drive in Anderson. Casilla retired Jose Abreu to end the inning. The A’s won the game in the bottom of the ninth. With one out and a 3-2 count on him, young Franklin Barreto, who tripled earlier, hit his second Major League home run off Chisox reliever Tommy Kahnle, to win the game in a walk off. The A’s snapped a six-game losing streak with a final score of 7-6.

Game notes- The A’s also snapped their eight-game home losing streak. It matched the longest A’s home losing streak in the last 35 years. Yonder Alonso had his third multi-homer game this season.

The line score for the game was seven runs, eight hits, and no errors for Oakland. Santiago Casilla was the winning pitcher. The White Sox scored six runs n thirteen hits, and they did not commit an error, either. Tommy Kahnle took the loss for Chicago. The A’s are 4-1 against the Chisox this season. The rubber match of the three-game series will be played Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum. Game time will be at 12:35 pm.

Sonny Gray will pitch for Oakland, and Mike Pelfrey will toil for Chicago.

Time of game was three hours and nine minutes. 16,314 fans watched an exciting game end in a walk-off.

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

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