American League Game Summary - Oakland at Cleveland|
(Monday, August 27th)
Final Score: Oakland 3, Cleveland 0
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Brett Anderson tossed seven impressive
innings, and the Oakland Athletics rode an early offensive surge to a 3-0 win
over the sputtering Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game series at
Anderson (2-0) continued to show no ill effects in his second outing since
returning from Tommy John surgery, limiting Cleveland to two hits -- one of
which was disputed -- with two walks and five strikeouts.
The left-hander gave up one run and four hits over seven frames against
Minnesota last Tuesday.
"The execution of pitches was probably a little bit more consistent last
time," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I think though innings two through five
he was really good with his execution, but his stuff looked really good,
Josh Reddick clubbed a leadoff home run in the second inning for the wild card
contending Athletics, who have won nine of their last 11 games.
Cleveland starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) worked only 2 1/3 innings before
exiting with a right ankle sprain. He was tagged for three runs on four hits.
The Indians have dropped 11 of 12.
Oakland scored a single run in each of the first three innings.
The third frame was almost a carbon copy of the first, with Stephen Drew
getting on base and Yoenis Cespedes hitting a booming double.
Chris Seddon then replaced Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto
Carmona, and gave up a two-out single to Chris Carter that plated Drew. The
A's shortstop had scored on a Seth Smith sacrifice fly two innings earlier.
Anderson retired the first 13 batters he faced before Michael Brantley hit a
grounder to the right side of the infield. The first baseman Carter flipped to
Cliff Pennington, but Brantley was ruled safe by umpire Jerry Meals. Replays,
however, showed Brantley was out.
"He had a good breaking ball and a good changeup," Indians third baseman Jason
Donald said of Anderson. "He mixed really well. He definitely has enough life
on his fastball."
The Indians got a "clean" hit when Brent Lillibridge doubled to begin the
sixth. Jason Kipnis worked a two-out walk, but Donald grounded into a
fielder's choice to end the inning.
Cleveland threatened again in the seventh, putting two men on base via a walk
and an error. Anderson pitched out of the jam by fanning Shelley Duncan and
retiring Lillibridge on a liner to right field.
Ryan Cook tossed a perfect eight for Oakland and Grant Balfour closed the door
in the ninth for his 15th save of the season.
The A's recorded their 12th shutout of the year ... Hernandez, who is listed
as day-to-day, took the mound at Progressive Field for the first time since
September 25, 2011 ... Seddon allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings.
08/28 01:24:52 ET