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Updated: 2017-04-27T21:41:05-07:00

 



Game #22: A's Lose to Angels, 2-1

2017-04-27T21:41:05-07:00

Graveman goes unnassisted. This game was over in the first inning, when poor Kendall Graveman gave up his only two runs of the night. He wasn't amazing and was getting hit hard, but wasn't awful. His final line was 6IP, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, and 4 strikeouts, with a rare 1-unassisted double play. As per usual, Mike Trout got the scoring going early, but was otherwise pretty tame. The A's failed to capitalize on a few key opportunities through the night, most notably a bases-loaded situation with Ryon Healy at the plate in the sixth inning. We got our first look at former Angel Ryan LaMarre, who promptly took three huge cuts against David Hernandez and replaced the struggling Jaff Decker in center field. In a last-ditch attempt, BoMel sent out Stephen Vogt to pinch-hit for Trevor Plouffe, to no avail. Full recap to follow. [...]



Game #22: A's at Angels

2017-04-27T19:31:24-07:00

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Opening Day-jà vu

We’re coming to you live from Angel Stadium, where things can hopefully only go up from the early week’s meltdown.

We’ve got some Opening Day-jà vu in terms of starting pitching, with Ricky Nolasco and Kendall Graveman taking the mound for their respective teams. Nolasco has had eight days off since his last start to iron out some issues, and Graveman will be coming off the 10-day disabled list having kicked his shoulder soreness.

Graveman threw a 42-pitch bullpen on Monday, and said he felt "Right on track."

Here’s to hoping his team can follow suit.

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Jaff Decker - CF Yunel Escobar - 3B
Matt Joyce - RF Kole Calhoun - RF
Jed Lowrie - 2B Mike Trout - CF
Khris Davis - LF Albert Pujols - DH
Yonder Alonso - 1B C.J. Cron - 1B
Ryon Healy - 3B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Trevor Plouffe - DH Ben Revere - LF
Josh Phegley - C Cliff Pennington - 2B
Adam Rosales - SS Juan Graterol - C
Kendall Graveman - RHP Ricky Nolasco - RHP

First pitch is at 7:07!




Oakland A’s activate Kendall Graveman from DL, option Matt Olson

2017-04-27T14:06:58-07:00

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The Oakland A’s activated pitcher Kendall Graveman from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Thursday. Graveman will start tonight’s game against the Angels. To make room on the roster, 1B/OF Matt Olson was optioned to Triple-A.

Graveman looked excellent in his first two starts of the season and even seemed to have added some velocity, but he left his third outing after just 74 pitches. Soon after, he went on the DL with a strained shoulder, though it was made clear that the injury wasn’t serious and the move was precautionary. As hoped, he only missed one start. His numbers this year:

Graveman, 2017: 3 starts, 2.00 ERA, 18 ip, 12 Ks, 5 BB, 3 HR, 4.81 FIP

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Olson only got into one game while he was up in Oakland. He started in RF on Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, but he did make a good play on defense — a sliding catch, followed by doubling off the runner at first base (video link). Olson is now 2-for-24 overall in his brief MLB career dating back to last September, with 7 BB and 6 Ks.

With so many moves over the last couple weeks, here’s an updated look at the 25-man roster.

Pitchers Hitters
Starters

Kendall Graveman (R)
Sean Manaea (L)
Jharel Cotton (R)
Andrew Triggs (R)
Jesse Hahn (R)

Relievers

Ryan Madson (R)
Santiago Casilla (R)
Sean Doolittle (L)
Ryan Dull (R)
Liam Hendriks (R)
Daniel Coulombe (L)
Frankie Montas (R)
Cesar Valdez (R)
Catchers

Stephen Vogt (L)
Josh Phegley (R)

Infielders

Yonder Alonso (L)
Ryon Healy (R)
Jed Lowrie (S)
Adam Rosales (R)
Trevor Plouffe (R)
Chad Pinder (R)

Outfielders

Khris Davis (R)
Matt Joyce (L)
Jaff Decker (L)
Ryan LaMarre (R)

10-day DL: RHP Sonny Gray, RHP Daniel Mengden, RHP John Axford, 2B Joey Wendle, OF Rajai Davis

60-day DL: RHP Chris Bassitt, SS Marcus Semien, OF Jake Smolinski




Game #21: Manaea exits early, A's drop 3rd straight, 8-5 to the Angels

2017-04-26T22:40:34-07:00

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Like you, I love the game of baseball! I love the sights, sounds and smells (even at the Coliseum) of the ballpark. I love how in baseball to be successful, team work is needed.  And I also love that at its core, baseball is an individual sport, a battle between a guy on a mound holding a rock in his bare hand and a guy standing 60 feet and 6 inches away, holding a wooden stick.  What I'm trying to say is, isn't baseball great?!!

Then we experience tonight's baseball game....A depressing 8-5 division loss to the "Los Angeles of Anaheim near the Carl Jr's off of Katella Avenue Angels."

Last weekend, the A's were riding high, winners of 5 straight.. Life was good!
Then the last 4 days occurred.  Rajai Davis goes on the Disabled List with a sore hammy,. Jesse Hahn pitches lights out and the A's still lose. Tonight, young and promising left-handed starting pitcher Sean Manaea, left the game after two innings, with what the team is describing as shoulder tightness...The A's lose and suddenly life is no good!

As musician Juliana Hatfield once said, "Baseball is more than a game. It's like life played out on a field."

Here are some of the highlights and low-lights of what happened in tonight's game, #21 of the 2017 season:

The High's and Low's of the 1st inning:
So far in 2017, A's lead-off hitters are getting on base at the pace of a elderly Oldsmobile driver, out for a Sunday drive, in the fast lane of the i-880.  The A's overcame Jaff Decker's first inning lead-off strikeout, to plate two runs in the top half of the inning. Life was looking good!  

Sadly, the bottom half of the first inning occurred.  Right from the get go, it appeared something wasn't right with Sean Manaea.  His fastball was sitting in the 86-88 mph range (about 5 mph below average).  This drop in velocity made his fastball and his change-up easy pitches to sit on and adjust to. Somehow Manaea was able to get three up and three down in the 1st, but the cause for concern was established.
Susan Slusser followed up with this quote from Manaea after the game:

Also, check out this writeup from Oakland Clubhouse.

This story will update as more information becomes available.