Piscotty hits walk-off HR in 13th, Athletics win 5-4

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 08: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates a walk off home run during the thirteenth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are back on track after two special wins at the Oakland Coliseum.

After Mike Fiers tossed a no-hitter Tuesday, Stephen Piscotty hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning on Wednesday to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4.

Piscotty, a Pleasanton native, hit the game-winner off Robert Stephenson, a Martinez native. It was also Piscotty’s first career walk-off hit.

Former Athletic Sonny Gray had a rough outing in his first return to the Oakland Coliseum. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked five and struck out three in just 4.1 innings. 

Jurickson Profar batted second for the first time this season and paid immediate dividends by taking Gray deep for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

Gray left a 3-1 fastball over the heart of the plate and Profar crushed it into the right field bleachers. The ball left the bat with an exit velocity of 104.5 mph and traveled a project distance of 425 feet.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 08: Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates a home during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The lead was short lived as the Red batted around for four runs in the top of the second. 

Anderson issued back-to-back walks to open the frame. Kyle Farmer drove in the first run with a double down the left field line. Curt Casali tied the game with a ground out.

Jose Peraza singled up the middle to drive in the third run. After a single by rookie Josh VanMater, another rookie Nick Senzel drove in the fourth run with a single to right.

Anderson settled down and pitched six innings. He allowed four runs on five hits, walked five and struck out none.

The last Athletics starter with 6 IP, 5 BB and 0 K was Bobby Shantz in 1949.

Gray stayed out of trouble until the fifth when he was removed after Oakland loaded the bases with one out. 

Amir Garrett relieved Gray and struck out Matt Olson on eight pitches for the second out.

Piscotty then hit a grounder to the right side of the infield. Kyle Farmer ranged far to his left to retrieve the ball, but proceeded to throw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score.

Piscotty was credited with a single and an RBI. Farmer was charged with an error that allowed the tying run to score.

The game stay tied until Piscotty lined the fourth pitch he saw from Stephenson just over the out-of-town scoreboard in left. The homer was confirmed after an umpire review.

The ball was hit at a 19-degree launch angle with an exit velocity of 109.5 mph and traveled a projected distance of 392 feet.

Anderson and the bullpen held Cincinnati scoreless for the final 11 innings. The Reds held Oakland scoreless for 7.1 innings before Piscotty’s blast.

Liam Hendriks picked up his first win despite having warmed up in the second when Anderson was struggling. Stephenson suffered his first loss.

Khris Davis left the game in the fifth with lingering effects from the hip injury he sustained on Sunday. Kendrys Morales pinch-hit for Davis and hit a single to chase Gray from the game.

WP: Liam Hendriks (1-0, 1.77) LP: Robert Stephenson (2-1, 3.12)

Time: 3:58

Attendance: 9,096

Record: 17-21

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Athletics blow lead in 13th to complete disastrous road trip

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is hugged by Melky Cabrera #53 as he crosses home plate after hitting a walk-off three run home run in the thirteenth inning during the game against the Oakland Athletics at PNC Park on May 5, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The silver lining for the Oakland Athletics is that they are still only six games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West despite a 1-8 road trip.

Starling Marte hit a walk-off three-run homer off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

This marked the second Sunday in a row in which the Oakland bullpen blew a lead in extra innings. Last week, Blake Treinen gave up four runs in the bottom of the 11th to the Toronto Blue Jays.

A week later, Rodney couldn’t protect a 3-1 lead against the Pirates. Rodney allowed a one-out single to Cole Tucker, walked Jung Ho Kang despite getting ahead 0-2, an RBI single to Adam Frazier and the game-winner to Marte.

All three hits Rodney allowed in the 13th inning came off first-pitch fastballs right down the middle. (Diagram courtesy of MLB)

The Oakland bullpen had retired 14 batters in a row before the 13th inning meltdown.

Tyler Lyons picked up the win. He allowed two runs on in two innings. Rodney suffered his second loss.

The Pirates got on the scoreboard first in the second inning. Josh Bell led off with a double to the gap in left center. Bell advanced to third on a groundout by Melky Cabrera and scored on a sacrifice fly by Colin Moran.


Khris Davis was replaced defensively in the bottom half with a left hip contusion after reaching into the stands for a sensational catch in the opening inning. His hip made hard contact with the side wall on the follow-through and was in obvious pain.


Jordan Lyles started for Pittsburgh and allowed just three hits and two walks in the first 6.2 innings. But Oakland finally broke through with a two-out rally in the seventh.

Nick Hundley doubled down the left field line and scored the tying run on Robbie Grossman’s pinch-hit opposite field single.


Frankie Montas started for Oakland and earned a well deserved no decision. The 26-year-old allowed one run on five hits, walked none and struck out five in six innings. Montas threw 58 of 90 pitches (64.4%) for strikes.

The most stressful inning for Montas came in his final inning when the Pirates put runners on first and third with no outs with the heart of the order due up.

But Gregory Polanco flew out to Ramon Laureano, Bell struck out and Melky Cabrera lined out. Laureano’s reputation forced the Pirates to hold the runner at third twice.

The A’s got two innings each from Lou Trivino and Joakim Soria and an inning each from Ryan Buchter and Yusmeiro Petit.


Lyons was pitching his second inning in the 13th when he issued leadoff walks to Laureano and Chapman.

After Chad Pinder grounded into a force out, Kendrys Morales drove in Laureano with a bloop single into center. Stephen Piscotty drove in Chapman on the next pitch with a double off the out-of-town scoreboard in right.

With Petit on deck, the Pirates walked Jurickson Profar intentionally to load the bases. Then Oakland got unlucky.

Petit grounded sharply up the middle. The ball hit Lyons and caromed to Kang at third. Kang stepped on the bag for a force out and threw to first for a 1-5-3 double play.

The unlucky bounce was a prelude to what was about to come in the bottom half.

The A’s will get a day off before starting a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

WP: Tyler Lyons (1-0, 9.00)

LP: Fernando Rodney (0-2, 8.78)

Time: 3:58

Attendance: 18,517

Record: 15-21

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Takeaways from Athletics’ 6-4 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 04: Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Francisco Cervelli #29 after the final out in a 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics at PNC Park on May 4, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics continue a dreadful road trip with a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night at a rainy PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The Athletics have lost seven of the first eight games on the nine-game road trip.


Oakland got to Pirates starter Trevor Williams for three runs with a two-out rally in the first inning.

Matt Chapman doubled and scored on a single by Khris Davis. Davis scored on an unlikely triple by Kendrys Morales. Morales hit a line drive that got past right fielder Gregory Polanco for his seventh career three-bagger and first since Sept. 20, 2015. Morales scored on a bloop single by Stephen Piscotty.

But the Oakland offense scored only one run for the rest of the game and it cost them.


The Pirates scored one in the second on a homer by Josh Bell, two on a two-run no-doubter by Bell in the third and went ahead in the seventh. 

Bell leads Pittsburgh with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. The next closest on the team is Jung Ho Kang with four homers and Starling Marte with 12 RBIs.


The A’s regained the lead on an RBI single by Davis in the fifth. Although Davis hasn’t homered in 17 straight games, he is 7-for-24 with four RBIs, two doubles and five walks in the last six games.


Chris Bassitt started for Oakland and allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out six in five innings.

The homers Bassitt gave up to Bell were on an 86.4 mph cutter on the inner part of the plate and a 93.2 mph sinker right down the middle. The latter traveled a projected distance of 451 feet.

The Pirates loaded the bases off Liam Hendriks with one out in the sixth, but Hendriks struck out pinch-hitter Kang and got a pop out from Adam Frazier.



J.B. Wendelken was called upon to face the heart of the Pirates’ order in the bottom of the seventh.

Wendelken suffered the loss after allowing three runs on four hits. Kevin Newman hit a go-ahead two-run, opposite field triple. Francisco Cervelli added an insurance run with an RBI single to left. The runs came with two outs.

Wendelken threw 16 of 24 pitches for strikes. He generated just two called strikes and two swinging strikes.

After giving up six runs in the last two appearances spanning 1.2 innings, Wendelken’s ERA stands at 5.85. 

Even though it was just the seventh, the A’s needed their best arm on the mound and that is Lou Trivino. Trivino is well rested after coming off a right thumb injury. He might have been able to pitch two innings.

If Trivino pitches just one inning, Joakim Soria and Blake Treinen were available in the pen.

Soria has allowed just one run in the last seven innings. If Soria ran into any trouble at all with the bottom of the order, Treinen would have been available for a four or five-out save. Treinen hasn’t pitched since Sunday.

Update: It turned out Treinen wasn’t available because of elbow discomfort, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.



It makes more sense now. Trivino was going to be the closer.


The Pirates picked up outfielder Bryan Reynolds and pitcher Kyle Crick from the San Francisco Giants in the Andrew McCutchen trade prior to last season. Both played important roles in the game.

Rookie Reynolds went 2-for-3 and now has a 11-game hitting streak to begin his career, tying Polanco for the longest in Pirates history.

The 24-year-old owns a slash line of .417/.447/.667 with one homer and four RBIs in 36 at-bats. The Giants sure could use Reynolds in their lineup.

Crick retired the side in order on nine pitches in the eighth to pick up his third hold of the season. The 26-year-old is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in 10 games this season. 

Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his ninth save of the season.


Oakland Rookie Skye Bolt picked up his first major league hit with a double off the 21-foot fence in right. Bolt thought he had homered and went into a slow trot before speeding up to reach second base just ahead of the throw from Polanco.


There were no delays despite steady rain throughout the game.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was pushing hard for the winning runs in the middle innings that the backup catcher was the only position player left by the time the seventh inning rolled along. Hurdle had to sent pitcher Joe Musgrove up to bat.

Musgrove laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line for his first hit of the season.


Oakland will try to salvage the final game of the trip on Sunday afternoon. Frankie Montas (4-2, 2.97) will oppose Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.42).


WP: Michael Feliz (1-0, 0.00)
LP: J.B. Wendelken (0-1, 5.85)
S: Felipe Vazquez (9, 0.61)
Time: 3:08
Attendance: 26,447
Record: 15-20

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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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Jays rout Athletics, Fiers continues struggles

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 20: Starting pitcher Mike Fiers #50 of the Oakland Athletics leaves the field after being replaced in the top of the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 20, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Kendrys Morales was responsible for one run in Saturday’s game between the Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays. However, it did not count towards his RBI total, but rather his ERA.

Morales was pressed into action after the Athletics pitching staff gave up nine runs on 14 hits to the Jays in the first six innings in a 10-1 loss to Toronto. The 35-year-old pitched the ninth and allowed one run on one hit with two walks.

It was Morales’ second career pitching appearance. His first career appearance was a scoreless inning against Oakland as a member of the Jays on May 20, 2018 in Toronto. It does come full circle.

Oakland starter Mike Fiers was torched for six runs on nine hits in just 3.1 innings. Fiers has given up six runs in each of his last three starts spanning 10 innings. His ERA ballooned from 3.00 on April 2 to 8.28 on April 20. 

Rowdy Tellez, Brandon Drury and Justin Smoak homered for the Jays, who have won the first two games of the series and five of six overall. 

Sam Gaviglio picked up the win in relief of starter Matt Shoemaker, who suffered a left knee injury after catcher Luke Maile picked off Matt Chapman at first on a ball in the dirt. Shoemaker tagged Chapman after a brief rundown to end the inning, but went down in a heap after realizing the injury.

The former Los Angeles Angel will undergo an MRI on Sunday. Shoemaker allowed three hits in three innings.

Gavliglio more than picked up the slack for his injured teammate. The 28-year-old pitched four perfect innings with five strikeouts. 

Fiers retired the first six batters in order, but allowed back-to-back singles to open the third inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Eric Sogard made his former team pay by lining an opposite-field single to drive in the first run. 

Fiers ran into deep trouble in the fourth. The Jays opened with five consecutive hits, including back-to-back home runs by Tellez and Drury. 

Tellez crushed an 0-1 hanging curve to center for a three-run homer. Two pitches later, Drury lined an 0-1 fastball on the outer part of the plate just over the out-of-town scoreboard in right for his second homer is as many days. 

Fiers allowed two more hits before being lifted for Liam Hendriks. Freddy Galvis greeted Hendriks with a run-scoring single on yet another 0-1 pitch. Hendriks finally stopped the bleeding by striking out Randal Grichuk and got Justin Smoak to fly out. 

Drury had a two-run double in the fifth. Smoak hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth. Former Athletic first-round draft pick Billy McKinney added a sacrifice fly off Morales in the ninth.

Galvis provided a defensive gem for Toronto in the eighth when he caught Josh Phegley’s popup on a full sprint over the shoulder with his barehand. 

Fernando Rodney pitched the eighth for Oakland. It was Rodney’s 906th career appearance, tying him with Cy Young for 24th place all-time.

WP: Sam Gaviglio (2-0, 1.57) 

LP: Mike Fiers (2-2, 8.28) 

Time: 3:05 

Attendance: 31,140 

Record: 11-12 

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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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