Chapman hits walk-off HR in 12th, Athletics win 4-3

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 10: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a solo walk-off home run to defeat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in the bottom of the 12th inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 10, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 4-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Matt Chapman can add a walk-off homer to his growing list of achievements. 

Chapman’s blast leading off the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. 

It was Chapman’s first career walk-off hit and he accomplished it against one of the best pitchers in Brad Hand. 

Hand came in with 10 saves and a minuscule 1.08 ERA. Batters were slashing just .155/.234/.207 with 24 strikeouts, including 18 by right-handed batters. 

But Hand mislocated a 3-2 slider on the inner part of the plate and Chapman crushed it over the left field wall. The ball traveled a projected distance of 427 feet. 

Joakim Soria pitched two perfect innings to pick up his first win of the season. After a rough start, Soria has given up just one run in his last 12 innings. Hand suffered his second loss.

Oakland received another solid start from Frankie Montas. Montas allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven. 

Montas threw 64 of 97 pitches for strikes. He generated 15 swinging strikes. The 26-year-old’s ERA stands at 2.78 after eight starts. 

Cody Anderson made his second start for Cleveland and lasted just three innings. The 28-year-old allowed two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out three. 

After being shut out by the other Ohio team on Thursday afternoon, Oakland scored a run off Anderson in the opening inning.

Marcus Semien led off with a double and advanced to third on a ground out by Jurickson Profar. After Chapman popped out, Anderson gifted Oakland a run on a wild pitch. 

Montas couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning as the Indians scored two runs to take the lead. 

Former Athletic Carlos Gonzalez opened with a double and scored on another double by Jake Bauers. Bauers scored on a double-play grounder by Kevin Plawecki a batter later. 

Anderson couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning either as Oakland tied the game with a two-run rally. Robbie Grossman doubled and scored on a single by Josh Phegley. Phegley leads the AL with 22 RBIs. 

The game stay tied until the bottom of the sixth when Ramon Laureano took Neil Ramirez deep for his fourth homer of the season. 

Ramirez threw an 84.1 mph slider over the outer part of the plate and Laureano crushed it over the center field wall. The ball traveled a project distance of 408 feet.

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 10: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the six inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 10, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Lou Trivino relieved Montas in the seventh, but could not deliver a shutdown inning as he often does.  

Plawecki led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Leonys Martin and scored on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor. Plawecki slid home just ahead of a perfect throw from Grossman in medium left. 

Trivino gave up a single to Jason Kipnis and a walk to Jose Ramirez, but got Carlos Santana to fly out to keep the game tied. 

Oakland couldn’t push a run across despite leadoff singles in both the eighth and the ninth. 

Ryan Buchter, Blake Treinen and Soria followed Trivino and retired all 15 batters they faced on 52 pitches. 

Treinen passed Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers to set a new Oakland A’s reliever record with 32 consecutive scoreless innings at home. 

The Indians bullpen retired nine batters in a row before Chapman’s heroics off Hand. 

WP: Joakim Soria (1-2, 4.66) LP: Brad Hand (2-2, 1.62) 

Time: 3:41

Record 18-22

Attendance: 36,913

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Athletics blow late lead, lose 8-7 to Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 14: Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers runs to first base, bunting in the go-ahead run as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics fields the ball during the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 14, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers gave the Oakland Athletics a dose of their own medicine. 

Delino DeShields bunted in the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the Rangers rallied from five runs down to beat the A’s 8-7 on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington. 

The A’s took a 7-2 lead in the fourth, but Texas scored one in the fifth, one in the seventh and four in the eighth to complete the comeback. 

For the second time in his brief A’s career, Joakim Soria allowed four runs in just .1 of an inning to suffer the loss. 

Jeffrey Springs pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Jose Leclerc struck out three in the ninth to pick up his third save. 

Oakland took a 1-0 lead off starter Adrian Sampson in the top of the first. Marcus Semien singled with one out. After Matt Chapman flied out, Khris Davis drove Semien in with his first double of the season, a drive down the right field line that hit the top of the wall.

Texas answered with two runs off starter Brett Anderson in the bottom half. DeShields led off by reaching first on Chapman’s first error of the season. DeShields hit a grounder that Chapman snagged with a dive, but the throw to first pulled Kendrys Morales off the bag. 

DeShields stole second and scored on Elvis Andrus’ triple to right-center field. Ramon Laureano tried to make a diving catch, but came up short. 

Andrus stayed at third while Anderson induced a ground out from Hunter Pence and hit Nomar Mazara with a pitch. 

The second run scored when Andrus stole home. Anderson attempted a pick-off throw to first. As soon as Anderson made his move to first, Andrus alertly raced home and beat the throw from Morales. 

Oakland didn’t waste any time in tying the game. Stephen Piscotty led off the second by hitting his third homer of the season into the left field bleachers. 

The A’s took a 3-2 lead with two outs in the third when Chapman took Sampson deep on the first pitch he saw for his fifth homer of the season. 

It looked as if Oakland would end an abbreviated road trip with a five-game winning streak when they scored four times in the fourth. The rally started with two outs when Jurickson Profar walked on four pitches. After Laureano singled, Josh Phegley and Robbie Grossman hit run-scoring singles. Semien followed with a two-run double to left-center field for a 7-2 lead. 

Texas pulled a run back in the fifth. DeShields opened with a double, stole third and scored on a ground out by Pence. 

Andrus hurt the A’s with his speed earlier in the game. But it was his power in the seventh that got Texas a run closer. With two outs, Andrus hit a hanging changeup from J.B. Wendelken into the left field bleachers for his third homer of the season. 

Soria came on to pitch the eighth. Mazara beat the shift with an opposite-field single. Logan Forsythe grounded into a force out. Shin-Soo Choo walked.

Asdrubal Cabrera scored Forsythe with a single to right field. Pinch-hitter Danny Santana followed with a two-run, game-tying triple to right-center field. This was the end of the line for Soria, who was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit.

After Jeff Mathis fouled out for the second out, DeShields laid down a perfect squeeze bunt on a 1-1 count down the third base line. Phegley got to the ball quick, but his throw to first was late, allowing Santana to score.

Andrus followed with another single, but DeShields was thrown out after trying to advance to third.

The A’s put the tying run on first with one out in the ninth, but Chapman struck out on a nasty slider to end the game. 

The loss prevented Anderson from picking up his fourth win in four starts. Anderson allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits, walked two and struck out three in six innings. 

Despite giving up seven runs on eight hits over four innings, Sampson received a no-decision for Texas.

The first two hitters in both lineups went a combined 5-9 with three RBIs and a walk. But DeShields and Andrus scored four times, compared to two for Grossman and Semien.

Oakland heads home to start an eight-game homestand on Tuesday night.

WP:  Jeffrey Springs (2-0, 2.25) 

LP: Joakim Soria (0-2, 11.05) 

S: Jose Leclerc (3, 6.00) 

Time: 3:05 

Attendance: 26,350 

Record: 10-9 

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Davis, Athletics power past Orioles

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Baltimore Orioles for a second straight game with a five-homer attack, including two from Khris Davis. The final score was 8-3 on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. 

Josh Phegley, Kendrys Morales and Marcus Semien also went yard for the Athletics, who hit 14 home runs in taking three out of four from the Orioles. 

Aaron Brooks picked up his second win of the season. He allowed three runs on three hits, walked three and struck out three in six-plus innings. Blake Trenien struck out two in the ninth for his fourth save. 

Dylan Bundy suffered his first loss. He gave up six runs on seven hits, including four homers, walked none and struck out eight over five-plus innings. 

The Orioles got off to a positive start. Dwight Smith Jr. homered with one out in the bottom of the first. The 90.7 mph fastball in the middle of the zone exited at a velocity of 107.4 mph and traveled a projected distance of 440 feet. 

After fanning five in the first three innings, Bundy ran into trouble in the fourth. Semien led off with a double and scored on Davis’ first homer of the day. Bundy left a fastball in the bottom of the zone and Davis deposited it over the left-center field fence. 

Oakland got some breathing room with two runs in the fifth. Ramon Laureano led off with a single and Phegley followed with his third homer of the season. 

The A’s finally chased Bundy from the game in the sixth. Davis opened the inning by crushing his second homer to left field and Morales followed with his first round-tripper of the season to right-center field. 

Chad Pinder greeted new reliever Josh Lucas with a single to center and advanced to third when Cedric Mullins misplayed the ball. Jurickson Profar hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Pinder. 

The gift run turned out to be enormous because Baltimore scored four times in the bottom of the seventh. Rio Ruiz walked. Renato Nunez reached on a single when Ramon Laureano lost his fly ball in the sun. 

J.B. Wendelken relieved Brooks and retired none of the two batters he faced. He walked Chris Davis to load the bases and hit Pedro Severino in the helmet with a curve to force in a run.  

Lou Trivino replaced Wendelken. After he got Richie Martin to pop out, he threw a wild pitch to score the second run. Mullins plated the third run with a groundout to first. Smith drove in the fourth run with a double to right. 

It looked as if the Orioles would get at least one more run, but Stephen Piscotty made a diving catch while running to his left to rob Jonathan Villar of an extra-base hit. 

Joakim Soria came on to pitch the eighth. The Orioles got two on with one out, but Davis struck out and Jesus Sucre flied out to right. 

Oakland added an insurance run with one out in the ninth on Semien’s third homer of the season. Blake Treinen struck out two in the bottom half to pick up his fourth save. 

The A’s are headed for Arlington for a three-game weekend series against the Texas Rangers, who Davis rakes against.

In 203 career at-bats against the Rangers, Davis owns a slash line of .305/.388/.783 with 28 home runs and 64 RBIs. In 108 career at-bats at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Davis owns a slash line of .333/.400/.843 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs.

While Khris is on a hot streak, Chris went 0-for-3 to extend his hitless streak to MLB-record 53 at-bats. Davis lined out to Laureano, who made a leaping catch at the warning track in center, in the second inning. The ball exited at a velocity of 105.1 mph and had an expected batting average of .650. Davis grounded out to Semien in the fourth.

WP: Aaron Brooks (2-1, 4.24) 

LP: Dylan Bundy (0-1,8.76) 

S: Blake Treinen (4, 1.00) 

Time: 2:50 

Attendance: 8,374 

Record: 9-8 

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Montas, Davis lead Athletics past Angels

The Oakland Athletics will be hard to beat this season if they continue to get quality start after quality start from their starting rotation. 

Frankie Montas allowed one run in six-plus innings, leading the A’s to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. 

Player of the game: Frankie Montas 

Montas might have been the first Oakland starter in this series to give up a run, but he might have been the most impressive. After allowing a leadoff double and a hit-by-pitch to begin the game, Montas retired 17 straight batters before Kole Calhoun crushed a 440-foot home run to right center field with two outs in the top of the sixth. The run snapped a streak of 26.1 scoreless innings by an A’s starter. 

After Calhoun’s homer, Montas regrouped and struck Mike Trout out on a 96.4 mph fastball. 

The end of the line for Montas came when he allowed a leadoff double to Justin Bour in the seventh. Montas received a rousing ovation as he walked off the mound. 

Bullpen: TST delivered 

Lou Trivino was called upon to preserve the lead and did just that. He induced a groundout from Andrelton Simmons, a foul pop out from Zack Cozart and struck Tommy La Stella out looking. 

After a disastrous outing Friday night, Joakim Soria returned to the mound and got much better results. He retired the Angels on 11 pitches. 

Treinen was unleashed in the ninth and picked up his second consecutive save to help Oakland win its first series of 2019.

The final line for Montas: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. 

Offense: Just enough 

The A’s produced just enough offense. Khris Davis opened the scoring in the fourth inning with his AL-leading fourth home run of the season, a 388-foot shot to deep left off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs. 

Oakland picked up what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth. Marcus Semien doubled with two outs and scored on Matt Chapman’s blooper to left field. 

The A’s had an opportunity to get some insurance runs when they loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but failed to score. 

The final line for Skaggs: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

On deck: Boston Red Sox

The defending world champions are coming to town for a four-game series starting Monday night. It will be the Red Sox’s only appearance in Oakland until the playoffs.

WP: Frankie Montas (1-0, 1.50) 

LP: Tyler Skaggs (0-1, 3.86) 

S: Blake Treinen (2, 0.00)

Time: 2:40 

Attendance: 23,265 

Record: 3-3

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Athletics blow late lead, lose 6-2 to Angels

The Oakland Athletics were playing in their 158th game last season before losing after having a lead through seven innings. It took all of four games this season. 

The Los Angeles Angels came from 2-0 down in the eighth inning and rallied to defeat Oakland 6-2 on Opening Night at the Oakland Coliseum. The Halos picked up their first win of the season, while the A’s have dropped three of four. 

Player of the game: Marco Estrada

The loss overshadowed a great pitching performance from the A’s starting pitcher. Estrada allowed only two hits, walked two and struck out three in six scoreless innings. His four-seamer and changeup kept the Angels off balance all game long. Estrada recorded seven fly ball outs and three groundouts. 

Bullpen: Not as advertised

Oakland manager Bob Melvin tried to repeat what worked in Thursday’s victory and that was by utilizing Lou Trivino in the seventh, deploying Joakim Soria in the eighth and unleashing Blake Treinen in the ninth. Trivino did his part by retiring the side on 11 pitches.

Soria will be an integral member of the bullpen, but the Angels teed off on him Friday night. Jonathan Lucroy and Brian Goodwin led off the eighth inning with back-to-back singles. Kole Calhoun followed by driving in Angels’ first run of the season with a double to put runners on second and third. Mike Trout, the $430 million man, was given a free pass to load the bases. The three hits Soria gave up in a span of four pitches had an average exit velocity of 106.8 mph.

Ryan Buchter replaced Soria and walked Justin Bour on five pitches to force in the tying run. Liam Hendriks was called upon to face Andrelton Simmons to keep the game tied. But Simmons singled up the middle to knock in the two go-ahead runs. Hendriks prevented further damage when he induced a double play ground ball from Albert Pujols and another ground ball from Zack Cozart to end the inning.

Los Angeles (1-1) added two insurance runs with two outs in the ninth inning when Trout doubled off Fernando Rodney.

Offense: Homer or nothing

Matt Harvey made his Angels and American League debut and promptly walked the first batter. But he recovered and retired the next 12 A’s before starting the fifth inning by issuing consecutive walks. Marcus Semien followed by singling softly to Harvey to load the bases with no outs.

But Harvey escape unscathed when he struck out Ramon Laureano on three pitches and got Nick Hundley to hit into his third double play of the season.

The A’s finally got to Harvey in the sixth inning and it was the usual suspects. With one out, Matt Chapman doubled to right-center field. To be fair, Chapman should have been thrown out at second, but new Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella cut off what looked to be a perfect throw from Calhoun.

Khris Davis made the Angels pay two batters later when he crushed a 1-2 hanging curve ball from Harvey over the out-of-town scoreboard in left field. It was Davis’ third home run and sixth and seventh RBI of the season.

After the Angels went ahead, Oakland (1-3) had an opportunity to tie the game in its half of the frame. Chapman led off with a single off Ty Buttery, but Stephen Piscotty grounded into a double play on the next pitch. Davis then singled, but Morales struck out to end the inning.

The final line for Harvey: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. 

Cody Allen came on in a non-closing situation in the ninth to seal the win for new Angels manager Brad Ausmus.

WP: Hansel Robles (1-0, 0.00) 

LP: Joakim Soria (0-1, 22.50) 

Time: 2:52 

Attendance: 22,585 

Record: 1-3

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Athletics blank Angels for first win of 2019

The Oakland Athletics returned to the friendly confines of Oakland Coliseum on Thursday afternoon for their second Opening Day of the 2019 season.

Mike Fiers and three relievers made sure it was a winning one by combining on a three-hitter to lead the Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and their first win of the season.

Player of the game: Mike Fiers

Fiers rebounded from a rough Opening Day start in Tokyo with six strong innings. He allowed only one hit and walked three. Fiers struck out only two, but threw first strikes to 14 of 21 batters.

Play of the game: Chapman 6-3 double play

Fiers was in control throughout the game and ran into trouble only once. With one out in the fifth inning and Oakland leading 3-0, Tommy La Stella doubled over the head of center fielder Ramon Laureano. Former Athletic Jonathan Lucroy then drew a four-pitch walk. But Fiers got out of the pressure-pack situation when Peter Bourjos lined a one-hopper to Platinum Glover Matt Chapman, who snagged it, stepped on third and threw across the diamond to complete the double play.

Offense: Just enough

Oakland provided all the offense Fiers would need in the second inning. Jurickson Profar led off with a triple off losing pitcher Trevor Cahill and scored on the next pitch when Chad Pinder delivered a sacrifice fly to center field.

The A’s scored their second run in the third inning. With one out, Robbie Grossman singled and stole second. Chapman worked a six-pitch walk. Stephen Piscotty lined a double to shallow left field on the first pitch he saw to score Grossman.

Marcus Semien continued his hot start with his first home run in the fourth inning. Khris Davis connected on his second homer in the sixth inning to complete the scoring. 

Defense: Solid

The hit by La Stella in the fifth inning might have been an out if Ramon Laureano had gotten a better read on the ball. He broke in before realizing the ball was hit with much more authority.

Laureano was charged with an error in the eighth inning when he misplayed a single by Mike Trout that allowed the two runners to advance a base.

Otherwise, the A’s played solid defense. Chapman started two double plays that snuffed Angels’ rally before it can begin.

Bullpen: As advertised

Lou Trivino, Joakim Soria and Blake Treinen completed the shutout with one inning apiece. Trivino walked one and struck out one. Soria allowed two two-out hits. Treinen needed just seven pitches to finish off the Angels.

WP: Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.00)

LP: Trevor Cahill (0-1, 6.00)

Time: 2:18

Attendance: 22,691

Record: 1-2

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