While not quite as dramatic as last night’s Mike Fiers No-Hitter, the A’s still provided plenty of excitement in game two of this inter-league series. The A’s “walked it off” in the bottom of the 13th inning, thanks to a Stephen Piscotty solo home run, for a 5-4 victory.
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Tonight’s match-up was billed as the “Sonny Gray Returns” show as the Reds hurler faced off against his former Oakland teammates. Brett Anderson started for the A’s and the two starters had their moments, but ultimately both left with no decisions, turning the game over to the bullpens. Both pens shined, as six A’s relievers and five Reds relievers combined for six scoreless innings apiece.
In the bottom of the 13th inning, the Reds brought in their six reliever of the evening, Robert Stephenson. Stephenson has a elite slider and made quick work of the A’s last night during the Fiers no-no. Tonight, the first batter he would face, would be Piscotty. The A’s right fielder had grounded out against Stephenson on a 2-1 four seamed fastball last night. Tonight with a similar 2-1 count, he got the same four seamed fastball and didn’t miss, depositing it just over the wall in left field for the walk-off win!
Another Perspective of the Walk-Off Homer:
Ask Your Doctor If Profar Is Right For You: A’s Jump Out Early
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):
A’s 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 base runners in each inning. Brett Anderson also battled back, holding the Reds scoreless in the third thru six innings.
Green and Gold Break Out Against Gray in the 5th
***Word play courtesy of Athletics Nation excellent member, HidJet***
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 1⁄3 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 is bothering him and that front side of his body generates so much torque in his powerful swing.
Kendrys Morales pinch-hitting for Khris Davis in the 5th, so clearly KD is not completely healthy. #Athletics— Ben Ross (@BenRossSports) May 9, 2019
Khris Davis left game with lingering effects from his hip contusion.— Julian McWilliams (@JulianMack105) May 9, 2019
A’s Offense Quiet from 6th Inning Until Piscotty in the 13th...
The A’s biggest threat came when they posted two runners on in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Red reliever David Hernandez struck out Marcus Semien to end the scoring chance. In the 10th inning, Matt Olson reached on a single but was erased by a Stephen Piscotty double play. In the 11th inning, Jurisckon Profar made a bid for his second home run of the evening, but his blast landed just short of the wall, on the warning track, in deep center field.
A’s Relievers Combine for 7 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. Fellow relievers, Ryan Buchter, Yusmeiro Petit and winning pitcher, Liam Hendricks (who had originally warmed up in the 2nd inning almost 3 hours earlier when Brett Anderson was on the ropes) also put up zeroes for the A’s in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. After the bullpen suffered through a miserable road trip over the last few weeks, tonight’s performance was huge.
Mateo Arriving in this Weekend?
Another good night for Jorge Mateo, who finishes a double short of the cycle and the single was a walkoff hit.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) May 9, 2019
A’s Go for the Inter-League Sweep in 13 Hours!
Tomorrow’s day game will begin less than thirteen hours after tonight’s game ended with the A’s throwing righty, Chris Bassit (1-0, 2.12 ERA) against the Reds, Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.82 ERA). Khris Davis will most likely not play and with Blake Treinen throwing two innings tonight in relief, he isn’t expected to be available as well. Those things can be sorted out in the morning, for tonight, sleep well A’s fans, the Green and Gold are back...
Let’s Go A’s!!!