Well they almost didn’t pull it off as they needed an extra innings comeback in the last game, but the A’s managed to take two out of three from the visiting Royals for their first series win of the season.
In Monday’s game, Tom Milone threw eight innings of shutout ball en route to a 1-0 A’s victory. Not to take anything away from the young lefty, but he had a lot of help from his defense, as well as the Royals running themselves out of innings. Kurt Suzuki gunned down a runner stealing and then Milone picked off a runner at first the very next play. But the one for the highlight reel occurred in the first inning, when right fielder Josh Reddick threw an absolute laser to third to nail the speedy Jason Bourgeois who had tried to tag up and take the base on a fly out. Josh Donaldson made a nice pick at third and blocked the bag like a catcher.
The following night was a dreary day weather-wise and a dreary game for the A’s. After a rain delay, the A’s and Royals played through drizzle and the A’s only managed one hit. The Royals won 3-0 in a rain-shortened eight-inning game.
Wednesday’s rubber match saw the A’s score five runs without getting a hit with a runner in scoring position. Talk about an A’s win! First there was Yoenis Cespedes stealing third base and then scoring as the catcher made an errant throw to third. Then, Jonny Gomes homered with Cespedes on first. Finally, in the bottom of the 12th down by one run, Seth Smith scored on a Coco Crisp groundout and Gomes got plunked by Royals closer Jonathan Broxton with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run.
It may not have been pretty but the A’s will take them any way they can.
Next it’s on the road to face the Mariners, and the A’s get to face Felix Hernandez for the third time already this season. That just doesn’t seem fair. Oh well… go A’s…