Athletics hit five HRs in a 17-3 rout over Tigers

DETROIT, MI – MAY 16: Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates his grand slam against the Detroit Tigers with Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Comerica Park on May 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics needed a laugher on the road and they got it on Thursday afternoon in Detroit. 

Oakland pounded out five home runs in a 17-3 rout over the Tigers at Comerica Park. The A’s won for just the sixth time in 21 games on the road. 

Jurickson Profar led the way with his first career grand slam. Marcus Semien crushed a three-run homer . Josh Phegley and Mark Canha blasted two-run homers. Matt Olson added a solo shot. 

Chris Bassitt worked a career-high-tying eight shutout innings to pick up his second win of the season. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven. Bassitt lowered his ERA to 1.93 in five starts since being called up in April 17. 

Spencer Turnbull suffered his third loss. He allowed six runs on five hits, walked two and struck out six in four innings. But only one of the runs were earned. The A’s added 11 runs off the Tigers bullpen, including two against second baseman Brandon Dixon. 


The Tigers wasted the game’s first scoring opportunity in the second inning. 

Ronny Rodriguez tripled with one out, but was thrown out by Matt Chapman trying to score on a Josh Harrison grounder to the edge of the infield grass. 

The A’s took advantage of their scoring opportunity in the third. 

Robbie Grossman led off with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Phegley on the next pitch. After Semien grounded into a forceout, Chapman walked on five pitches. 

Olson followed with a grounder to Niko Goodrum at first base, but Goodrum threw wild to second trying to start an inning-ending double play and the bases were loaded. 

After striking out Davis for the second out, Turnbull threw a wild pitch on a 2-1 count to Stephen Piscotty, allowing Semien to race home for the second run. 

After walking Piscotty on the next pitch to reload the base, Turnbull tried to get ahead of Profar with a curve on the first pitch.

But it was a hanger and Profar deposited it into the right field bleachers for a 6-0 Oakland lead.


The farthest (419 feet) and highest exit velocity (105.9) of the homers belonged to Canha off Dixon, who was making his third career pitching appearance. Dixon had worked 1.1 perfect innings as a member of the Cincinnati Reds last season.


The bottom four of the order (Profar, Ramon Laureano, Grossman, Phegley) were a combined 9-of-19 with seven runs and 10 RBIs. The A’s now have seven players with five or more home runs and six with 20 or more RBIs.


While the A’s were raking, Bassitt was cruising against Detroit. He did not allow a runner to reach second base after the second inning. 

Bassitt threw 69 of 105 pitches for strikes. He threw 39 sinkers, 33 four-seamers, 14 cutters, 12 curves and 3 changeups. Bassitt generated 21 called strikes and just nine swinging strikes. 


Dawel Lugo broke the shutout with a two-out, three-run homer off Aaron Brooks in the bottom of the ninth. It was the second career homer for Lugo, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the morning. The 24-year-old was the 17th-ranked prospect in the Tigers farm system. 


WP: Chris Bassitt (2-1, 1.93) LP: Spencer Turnbull (2-3, 2.40) 

Time: 2:55 Attendance: 18,527 Record: 20-25 

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Phegley’s career night helps Athletics end slide

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 03: Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 3, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics ended their losing streak in style.

Josh Phegley set a single-game franchise-record for a catcher with eight RBIs and the Athletics snapped their six-game skid with a 14-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park.

Phegley led Athletics’ 16-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored. The 31-year-old started his career night with a bases-clearing double in the second inning, an RBI single in the third, another bases-clearing double in the fourth and capped it off with a solo homer in the ninth.

Every Oakland starter recorded a hit except for Khris Davis, who contributed with three walks and three runs scored. Matt Chapman and Kendrys Morales each had three hits. Chapman also had a two-run homer. Even starting pitcher Brett Anderson went 2-for-3 and had an RBI overturned on replay.

The A’s did most of their damage against Joe Musgrove, who came into the game with a sparkling 1.54 ERA. Musgrove allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits, walked two and struck out one in just 2.2 innings.

The prime beneficiary of the offensive outburst was Anderson, who picked up his fourth win of the season. Anderson allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struck out four in six innings.

After a 41-minute rain delay at the start, the Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Josh Bell grounded into an RBI forceout.

Oakland answered with five runs in the second.

Davis led off by reaching first on a throwing error by third baseman Jung Ho Kang. Stephen Piscotty singled to center. Morales drove in Davis with a single to right. Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Phegley unloaded the bases for the first time with a sharp ground ball down the third base line.

Anderson laid down a bunt to Musgrove, who spun and threw to third, but Phegley stayed at second. Kang attempted to then throw Anderson out at first, but Adam Frazier couldn’t handle the one-hopper. Phegley advanced to third and Anderson to second. Phegley scored on a groundout by Marcus Semien.

Phegley’s previous high was four RBIs in a game and he matched that with an opposite-field RBI single in a two-run third for Oakland. Musgrove walked in the second run a batter later.

Oakland left no doubt with four runs off Nick Kingham in the fourth. Profar hit an RBI-single with the bases loaded. Phegley unloaded the bases for the second time with a drive over left fielder Bryan Reynolds.

Chapman hit his ninth homer of the season in the seventh off Francisco Liriano. Phegley hit his fourth homer of the season in the ninth off Richard Rodriguez.

Not only was it a memorable night for Phegley, it was also memorable for rookie Skye Bolt, who made his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas for the three-game interleague series.

Bolt pinch-hit for Anderson in the seventh and fouled out. He struck out in the ninth. The 25-year-old North Carolina product owned a slash line of .325/.400/.675 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 80 at-bats in the minors this season.

WP: Brett Anderson (4-2, 3.89)
LP: Joe Musgrove (1-3, 2.63)
Time: 3:26
Attendance: 16,428
Record: 15-19

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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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Athletics lose 12-4 to Orioles, starters continue to struggle

After a strong start to the season, the Oakland Athletics starting rotation has lost its mojo on the road. 

Marco Estrada allowed six runs in four innings, and the Baltimore Orioles used a 15-hit attack to beat the A’s 12-4 on Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. 

In the first 15.2 innings on the road, the A’s starters have allowed 19 earned runs on 32 hits, walked nine and struck out 12 for an 11.25 ERA. 

Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini homered, and Cedric Mullins added a Little League Home Run for Baltimore, who is off to a 5-5 start after losing 115 games last season. The Orioles got four RBIs from Villar, three from Mullins, and two from Mancini and Hanser Alberto. 

Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer for a second straight game and Mark Canha added a solo shot for the A’s, who have lost four straight.

Oakland got off to a promising start with back-to-back singles off Andrew Cashner to open the game. But Stephen Piscotty lined out to left and Khris Davis grounded to the left of third, where Alberto made a diving stop to start a 5-4-3 double play.

The Orioles scored first in the bottom half when Mancini homered to the opposite field on an 1-2 count with two outs. Estrada did not get the fastball high or wide enough. 

Estrada allowed three more runs, including the aforementioned Little League Home Run, in the second. 

With one out, Jesus Sucre and former Athletic Richie Martin hit back-to-back singles. Mullins followed by hitting a grounder fair down the right field line for a triple, scoring both Sucre and Martin. Mullins bolted for home when Jurickson Profar’s relay throw hit him as he was sliding into third. Profar was charged with an error. 

Oakland cut the lead in half when Phegley hammered a 3-1 pitch to the left field bleachers. Cashner left a fastball belt-high on the inside half of the plate and Phegley did not miss. 

Estrada gave two runs back in the fourth. Mullins lined a triple to right-center with one out and scored on Villars third homer of the season. Estrada left a fastball on the outer half of the plate and Villar hit it over the center field fence. 

Oakland scored a run in the fifth when Cashner mislocated another 3-1 fastball and Canha launched it halfway into the left field bleachers. 

The A’s pulled another run back in the sixth. Kendrys Morales led off with a single. Marcus Semien grounded into a force out. Profar singled to right, advancing Semien to third. This would be the end of the line for Cashner, who was replaced by Jimmy Yacabonis. 

Canha struck out on a foul tip, but turned into a run for Oakland. Profar was running on the pitch. Sucre’s throw to second ricocheted off Villar’s knee into right field, allowing Semien to trot home. Sucre was charged with an error. 

The final line for Cashner: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. 

But Yusmeiro Petit, who relieved Estrada in the fifth, couldn’t deliver a second straight shutdown inning. Martin led off with a triple and scored on Mullins’ sacrifice fly to make it 7-4. 

The A’s failed to score in the eighth when they loaded the bases against Yacabonis with one out. Davis led off with a single. After Morales flew out, Semien singled and Profar walked.  

Mychal Givens was called upon by Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde and kept Oakland from scoring. Canha struck out on an outside fastball that would have been ball four and a run. Pinch-hitter Chad Pinder grounded out to second to end the threat. 

The Orioles broke the game open with five runs off Ryan Buchter and Fernando Rodney in the bottom half. 

The victory would have been sweeter for Baltimore if Chris Davis had not set an MLB-record with 47 straight hitless at-bats. He lined out three times and struck out twice to extend his unfortunate streak to 49.  

WP: Andrew Cashner (2-1, 5.28) 

LP: Marco Estrada (0-1, 4.87) 

 Time: 3:07 

Attendance: 6,585 

Record: 6-8 

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