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GameThread (2) #38 : Reds vs. A’s

A’s and Reds knotted at 4 in extra innings

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics
Profar powered the A’s to an early lead in the second game of the three game inter-league series from Oakland
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Game Preview + Tonight’s GameThread

Ask Your Doctor If Profar Is Right For You: A’s Jump Out Early Tonight
After a scoreless (and hitless) first inning from A’s Starter, Brett Anderson, Marcus Semien walked to lead-off Oakland’s bottom half of the inning. Jurickson Profar stepped up next and promptly delivered this blast...

Reds Answer Back With Four Runs
After a scoreless and hitless first (extending the A’s streak to 10 straight no-hit innings), the Reds offense woke up in the 2nd inning. The rally began with lead-off walks to Yasel Puig and Jose Iglesias, an RBI double by Kyle Farmer, an RBI single by Jose Peraza, and this RBI single by Nick Senza (a catch-able grounder that just got past Profar):

Former A’s hurler and fan favorite, Sonny Gray looked like his old Coliseum self after a rough beginning, keeping the A’s off the scoreboard in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, despite A’s baserunners in each inning.

Green and Gold Break Out Against Gray in the 5th
The A’s loaded the bases against Gray (Semien walk, Chapman single, Morales single) in the fifth inning, ending Gray’s night at 83 pitches through 4 13 innings. Amir Garrett, a LOOGY, was brought into face Matt Olson (just Olson’s second game back after returning from the IL) and struck him out on a 3-2 slider in the dirt. That brought up Stephen Piscotty, with the bases still loaded and now two outs. Piscotty worked the count to his favor and then did this:

Khris Davis Sore Hip Ends His Night Early
Davis banged up his left hip on Sunday in Pittsburgh while chasing a ball in left field and after sitting out last night’s game, tried to give it a go this evening. After a first inning walk and a third inning ground out, Davis’ spot came up again in the batting order in fith inning and he wasn’t able to go in the cool night air of Oakland (or maybe he snuck over to Oracle to watch the second half of the Warriors-Rockets contest?). Kendrys Morales pitch hit for Davis in the fifth inning and singled. Davis’ nagging left hip injury is something to keep an eye on as it is his lead leg that generates so much torque in his powerful swing.

Lou Trivino escapes 7th Inning Jam
After the first two Reds hitters reached in the top of the seventh inning, Trivino focused in and retired Suarez (strikeout) and Puig (Double Play).

Scoreless 8th and 9th Innings
Both teams traded zeroes in the eighth and ninth. The A’s posted two runners on in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Red reliever David Hernandez struck out Marcus Semien to end the threat.

A’s Relievers Have Combined for 5 Shutout Innings
The A’s “plus” relievers, Lou Trivino, Joakim Soria and Blake Treinen combined tonight for four innings of one hit, no run baseball. In the eleventh inning, Ryan Buchter kept the bullpen rolling with another shutout inning.

4-4 in Extra Innings: Let’s Go A’s!!