Recap: Dodgers @ A’s Game 70
The A’s completed a sweep of the National League’s best team today in Oakland. With the loss the Dodgers fall to 42-28 while the A’s improve to 34-36. The game was one of late inning heroics as the A’s won in walk-off fashion on a Yoenis Cespedes three run home run in the bottom of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie off Dodgers pitcher Josh Lindblom.
- Cespedes was the very obvious hero in this. Though he only went 1-for-4 in the three spot as the designated hitter, the one hit was the one that counted a three run home run to the left field corner off Lindblom. The only question on the shot was whether or not it’d stay fair.
- While Cespedes was the obvious hero, the other player in this game worth noting for a great performance was A’s starter Travis Blackley. Blackley matched Clayton Kershaw inning by inning (one could argue that he surpassed him really) going eight innings of one earned run, three hit, no walk, six strikeout baseball all to get the no-decision. Blackley was stunningly efficient with his pitches (87 total with 67 for strikes) and kept the Dodgers lineup at bay.
- Coco Crisp had a rare bad day on the basepaths getting picked off and caught stealing by Clayton Kershaw. This ended the streak of 36 straight stolen bases without a caught stealing, and Oakland record. The MLB record belongs to Vince Coleman who stole 50 in a row between September 18th, 1988 and July 26th, 1989 for the St. Louis Cardinals. The American League record was also a fairly long way off, it belongs to Ichiro Suzuki who had 45 straight from April 29th, 2006 through May 16th, 2007. The A’s record Coco broke was owned by Stan Javier who had had 28 straight between May 31st, 1995 and October 1st, 1995. The last time Coco was caught stealing was July 10th of last year in Arlington when Mike Napoli threw him out trying to swipe second base.
- The A’s offense outside of Cespedes’ blast didn’t do much of anything. The only other A’s run came home in the second when Jonny Gomes doubled to lead off the inning and got to third on a Kershaw wild pitch before Brandon Inge got a sacrifice fly to left field to score Gomes with the A’s only other run. Derek Norris, making his MLB debut went 0-for-3 and grounded into a double play.