Recap: A’s @ Indians Game 129
14,142 quiet people were on hand to watch the A’s and Indians play last night. The Indians who have drawn better than the A’s (who possess the American League’s third best record now tied with the White Sox at 71-57) are one of just two teams to see their stadiums being more than half empty (47.8% capacity, with Seattle at 47.1% being worse). This sparse crowd got to watch the A’s win their fifth straight 8-4.
- The A’s had 15 hits in this contest with eight being of the extra base variety. Josh Donaldson homered, his third of the season off of Indians starter Corey Kluber while Chris Carter, Derek Norris, Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Seth Smith, Stephen Drew and Josh Reddick all had doubles.
- Both Reddick and Cespedes had three hit nights, with them going 3-for-5 each with a run driven in for both as well, while Cespedes struck out once to Reddick’s twice. It was Donaldson though who represented the majority of the run creation as he went 2-for-5 but his home run was a three-run shot.
- Travis Blackley got the start for the A’s, this being the rotation spot vacated by Bartolo Colon‘s suspension. Blackley wasn’t that great being very inefficient with his pitches – he threw 92 pitches – and lasted just five and two thirds innings allowing two runs (including a Jason Donald solo shot), on three hits walking two while striking out five.
- The remainder of the game was held down by the bullpen as Pat Neshek, Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins earned holds (their second, tenth and tenth respectively). Neshek and Blevins were in purely for situational matchups but Doolittle didn’t look great going an inning and a third, striking out no one, walking one, and allowing a hit and two unearned runs.
- Ryan Cook earned the save pitching the ninth and then some (one and a third innings total) allowing a hit and striking out two. He now has 25 shutdowns to eight meltdowns now on the year.