Game 64: A’s vs. White Sox

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via the @Athletics

Game Notes:

Tommy Milone (6-5) vs. John Danks (0-2)

1:10PM @ U.S. Cellular Field

Milone looks for his seventh win of the season and his fourth in his last five starts as the A’s look to make it 19 out of 22. Chris Young is sick and will be unavailable today.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Reddick RF
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Donaldson 3B
  5. Lowrie 2B
  6. Freiman 1B
  7. Young DH
  8. Norris C
  9. Rosales SS

White Sox

  1. De Aza LF
  2. Ramirez SS
  3. Rios RF
  4. Konerko DH
  5. Dunn 1B
  6. Viciedo DH
  7. Keppinger 3B
  8. Bekcham 2B
  9. Flowers C

The Reading List:

  1. The A’s won their fifth straight over the White Sox and pushed past the Rangers into first place as Josh Reddick made a game-saving grab in the ninth. Ryan Cook said he’d never seen anyone rob a home run “so nonchalantly.”
  2. Josh Donaldson provided all the offense the team would need when he cracked an opposite field grand slam in the sixth. He’s now 6-for-8 with the bases loaded and during BP Reddick had told Donaldson that “he wasn’t strong enough to go the other way.”
  3. Jarrod Parker has now won five of his past eight starts after losing four of his first five.
  4. Grant Balfour discussed his in-game routine and his feelings on the Ragin’ Gnome with John Lund and Greg Papa on 95.7 The Game.
  5. The Athletics Farm provided a rundown on the team’s top 12 picks. The draft concludes today.
  6. Hiro Nakajima was 1-for-5 as the River Cats exploded for 14 runs last night. Jemile Weeks was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs as he played short stop.
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Game 63: A’s vs. White Sox

Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson thought Adam Dunn had taken Grant Balfour deep in the tenth…

Game Notes:

Jarrod Parker (4-6) vs. Chris Sale (5-3)

5:10PM @U.S. Cellular Field

Parker and Sale meet again as the A’s look to win their fifth straight over the White Sox. Parker has won  his past two starts and and is 4-2 in his last 6 outings after starting the season 0-4.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Lowrie 2B
  3. Céspedes DH
  4. Donaldson 3B
  5. Freiman 1B
  6. Young LF
  7. Reddick RF
  8. Norris C
  9. Rosales SS

White Sox…

The Reading List:

  1. The A’s took the first game of the series 5-4 in extra innings thanks to a four home run night, including two from Céspedes. He has now hit two home runs in two of the last three games.
  2. Reddick blasted his second home run of the season. He had 13 at this point last year
  3. The team selected Billy McKinney, a high school outfielder from Texas with their top pick. Athletics Farm provided a rundown and video highlights of McKinney and the team’s other two top picks. The draft continues today.
  4. GM Billy Beane gave his take on the Bartolo Colón situation when he stopped by with Bucher and Towny on 95.7 The Game.
  5. Jemile Weeks made his MLB debut on this day in 2011. None of the players in the lineup that day are currently on the A’s active roster.
  6. Hiro Nakajima was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a couple of runs. He also K’d twice and is now hitting .319 for the River Cats.

Game 62: A’s vs. White Sox

Game Notes:

A’s: 36-25

White Sox: 25-32

Dan Straily (3-2) vs. Jose Quintana (3-2)

5:10PM @ US Cellular Field

Straily and Quintana meet again for the second time in five days. The two faced each other on Saturday as the A’s walked off in 10, and Straily allowed one run over six innings while Quintana let in three runs over 5.1 innings.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp DH
  2. Lowrie 2B
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Donaldson 3B
  5. Young CF
  6. Freiman 1B
  7. Reddick RF
  8. Norris
  9. Rosales SS

White Sox

  1. De Aza CF
  2. Ramires SS
  3. Rios RF
  4. Dunn 1B
  5. Konerko DH
  6. Viciedo LF
  7. Gillaspie 3B
  8. Beckham 2B
  9. Flowers

The Reading List:

  1. The A’s won 6-1 in the final game of the series against the Brewers, and the unflapped Bartolo Cólon picked up his seventh win of the season. Brandon Moss launched his ninth home run in the seventh. The first baseman is unlikely to play much in Chicago as the A’s face three lefties, and Moss has yet to have a multi-hit game since May 6 in Cleveland.
  2. BaySportsNet explored the “legend” of Nate Freiman.
  3. Céspedes made a remarkable catch in the third, and told the Chronicle’s John Shea that he could dunk “easy.”
  4. The MLB draft begins today and runs through Sunday.
  5. The White Sox vined their lineup for tonight’s game:

Game 61: A’s vs. Brewers

Game Notes:

Bartolo Colón (6-2) vs. Yovani Gallardo (4-5)

11:10PM @  Miller Park

Colón takes the mound in the final game in Milwaukee on this seven game road trip. When asked about the potential of another suspension for Cólon manager Bob Melvin said “I think he’s already paid his dues, right?” Cólon tossed a five-hit complete game in his last start and has won each of his past three outings.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Jaso C
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Lowrie SS
  5. Donaldson 3B
  6. Smith RF
  7. Moss 1B
  8. Sogard 2B
  9. Colón P

Brewers

  1. Aoki RF
  2. Segura SS
  3. Gomez CF
  4. Lucroy C
  5. Schafer LF
  6. Betancourt 1B
  7. Francisco 3B
  8. Gennett 2B
  9. Gallardo P

The Reading List:

  1. The A’s dropped the second game of the series 4-3 to the Brewers. Sean Doolittle allowed three runs on four pitches, and has now given up seven runs in his last three outings. Before that stretch, however, Doolittle had allowed two runs all season, with the last coming on April 28. Melvin told Jane Lee that he is “sticking with him” in the setup stop despite his recent struggles.
  2. Céspedes launched two home runs and now has 11 on the season.
  3. John Hickey noted that the A’s are due to face a slew of lefties in Chicago.
  4. Hiro Nakajima had the day off yesterday for the River Cats. Sacramento plays at 7:05PM in Tucson.

Game 60: A’s vs. Brewers

Game Notes:

A’s: 35-24

Brewers: 21-35

Game two of three against the Brewers on this 7 game road trip.

A.J. Griffin (5-4) vs. Kyle Lohse (1-6)

5:10PM @ Miller Park

The  A’s have won 15 of 17 and are off to their best start in 22 years. Griffin, however has scuffled as of late and has posted a 5.71ERA in his past three starts.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Jaso C
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Lowrie SS
  5. Donaldson 3B
  6. Reddick RF
  7. Moss 1B
  8. Sogard 2B
  9. Griffin P

Brewers

  1. Aoki RF
  2. Segura SS
  3. Braun LF
  4. Ramirez 3B
  5. Gomez CF
  6. Francisco 1B
  7. Maldonado C
  8. Gennett 2B
  9. Lohse P

The Reading List:

  1. The A’s battered the Brewers 10-2 in the first game of the series. Coco Crisp was 4-for-5 with a home run to lead off the game. He also picked up a double, scored two runs and is now hitting .300.
  2. Josh Reddick has apologized for the sunflower seed incident in Houston.
  3. Hiro Nakajima was 1-for-4 last night with a pair of walks, and he was also picked off. Nakajima, who is not hitting .319 for the River Cats, has the day off.
  4. A’s PR Director Bob Rose provided an inside look at Bartolo Colon in his Clubhouse Confidential blog:

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Game 59: A’s vs. Brewers

Game Notes:

A’s: 34-24

Brewers: 21-34

Tommy Milone (5-5) vs. Marco Estrada (4-3)

5:10PM @ Miller Park

The A’s have won  and 14 of 16 while the Brewers have lost 7 out of 9 and our coming off a month of May in which they went 6-22. Milone will be looking to pick up a second  win, and is 2-for-14 (.143) in his career, but one of those hits is a three-run home run.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Jaso C
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Lowrie SS
  5. Donaldson 3B
  6. Reddick RF
  7. Moss 1B
  8. Sogard 2B
  9. Milone P

Brewers

  1. Aoki RF
  2. Segura SS
  3. Braun LF
  4. Ramirez 3B
  5. Lucroy C
  6. Gomez CF
  7. Weeks 2B
  8. Betancourt 1B
  9. Estrada P

The Reading List:

  1. Jed Lowrie has six hits in the last two games and is hitting .410 over the most recent 10 game stretch.
  2. Susan Slusser has joined the lineup at 95.7 The Game. The Chronicle writer and current president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be making five weekly appearances.
  3. Hiro Nakajima was 2-for-5 and blasted his second home run for the River Cats last night. Nakajima, who played third, is now hitting .322 on the year and .383 in his past 10 games.
  4. The River Cats have rolled out an impressive lineup for their 2013 bobblehead giveaways:

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The Monthly Review: May

May Record: 16-12

  • A’s were also 16-12 in April
  • Home: 7-3
  • Away: 9-9
  • 33-24 as of June 2

Pitching:

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Player of the Month: Grant Balfour

  • The Australian racked up 15 K’s in 10.2 innings, had a 0.87 ERA, was a perfect 9-for-9 on save opportunities, and limited opposing batters to a .139 batting average over 11 games.

Worth Noting:

  • Bartolo Colon and A.J Griffin each collected three wins in the season’s second month. Colon currently leads the staff with six wins and innings pitched (70.1).
  • Sean Doolittle has continued his impressive start to 2013. The lefty recored a 1.38ERA in May. Bullpen mate Pat Neshek had a 1.08ERA and Jerry Blevins has yet to allow a run in any of the 12 night games he has appeared in this season.
  • Tommy Milone lost three games and also allowed a staff-high of 19 earned runs.

Hitting:

Josh Donaldson

Player of the Month: Josh Donaldson

  • The A’s third baseman cracked six home runs with five of them coming in night games. He also added 8 doubles. He continues to make a strong case for an All Star spot despite a crowd of talented rivals at the hot corner.

Worth Noting:

  • Nate Freiman led the team with a .351 batting average in May after hitting .148 in the season’s first month. He also leads the team with a .474 batting average (9-for-19) with runners in scoring position.
  • Coco Crisp scored 10 runs in 14 games this month and has now scored 34 runs in 38 games.
  • Brandon Moss (.153), Chris Young (.195) and Derek Norris (.164) all hit under .200 during the month of May. Moss also K’d a team-high 30 times.
  • Adam Rosales ended the month on a 1-for-29 (.034) skid. On the season Rosales has hit 14-for-49 (.286) against lefties but 5-for-40 (.125) against right handers.
  • Eric Sogard is hitting .284 (29-for -84) against righties and is batting .187 (4-for-22) against left handers.
  • Jed Lowrie is hitting .371 (23-for-63)  and OPSing 1.039 with two outs in 2013.

June Preview: 13 home games, 14 away games

6/1: 2 games vs. White Sox

6/3: 3 games @ Brewers

6/6: 4 games @ White Sox

Off Day

6/11: 3 games vs. Yankees

6/14: 3 games vs. Mariners

6/17: 4 games @ Rangers

6/21: 3 games @ Mariners

Off Day

6/25: 2 games vs. Reds

Off Day

6/28: 3 Games vs. Cardinals