Update (6/4, 3:30 PM): LHP Brett Anderson has been put on the 15-day DL with elbow tendinitis, C Landon Powell has been optioned down to AAA Sacramento, and LHP Cedrick Bowers and RHP Henry Rodríguez have been recalled from AAA Sacramento.
Brett Anderson made it through one inning before he ran into trouble in the 2nd. His fastball was only hitting 90-91mph, and surprise surprise, he didn't start the 3rd. The official word is "left elbow soreness". Lovely.
Fast forward...one at bat. Less, even. During the first at bat of the 3rd inning, Victor Martinez hit a foul ball to the right. Ryan Sweeney and Mark Ellis sprinted over to snag it. They didn't notice each other. Sweeney slid foot-first and Ellis tumbled over Ryan's sliding body, hitting him with a knee to the side of the head. Sweeney was taken out of the game for "dizziness", which likely means a concussion. Sigh.
And yet, the fireworks didn't end there. The A's offense cranked out 14 hits, and, unbelievably, four home runs. Kurt Suzuki had a monster day (ha) with two home runs over the left field wall, and Jack Cust and Kevin Kouzmanoff went back to back in the 8th with two solo shots.
You really can't expect much from the bullpen when you're forced to get 7 innings. Vin Mazzaro didn't pitch well, but in a rare sight, the offense did just enough to bail the pitching out.
The A's finish their road trip at 6-4, and they head home as technical winners. We'll have to wait and see what the prognosis is on Brett Anderson. Sigh. Again.