Oakland Takes Tight Series In Cleveland


May 15: Oakland 6, Cleveland 4

Al Simmons of Oakland is always happy when the opposing team starts a lefty, and he took advantage in his four plate appearances against Cleveland’s Sam McDowell, punching two singles and his sixth homer. Lefty Eddie Collins also popped a homer against McDowell in one of the unlikeliest homers of the season. Collins’s chance of homering against a lefty is one in 540.

                  R  H BB
OAK 100 001 301 - 6 11  3
CLE 000 003 010 - 4  6  3

HR: E. Collins (1), A. Simmons (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    8.0  4  3  0  2  4  
S. McDowell 7.0  5  4  2  2  6 

OAK 24-13, CLE 18-19

May 16: Cleveland 5, Oakland 2

A’s starter Tim Hudson came into the game with the second best ERA in the league, but it was Cleveland’s Corey Kluber that stole the show in this one, allowing just two runs in his first complete game.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 002 000 - 2 6  2
CLE 010 220 00x - 5 6  5

HR: T. Hafner (4), A. Rosen (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   4.2  5  5  2  3  3  
C. Kluber   9.0  2  2  0  2  6 

OAK 24-14, CLE 19-19

May 17: Oakland 2, Cleveland 1 (12 innings)

A fantastic rubber match closed out the series. In the bottom of the first, Tris Speaker led off with a triple, which Joe Jackson followed with a RBI double. There were 42 more Cleveland plate appearances after Speaker’s triple, but no more Clevelanders came around to score.

Starters Chief Bender and Stan Coveleski were both filthy. Coveleski took a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings, but things went south in the eighth inning after Reggie Jackson and Terry Steinbach started the inning with back-to-back singles. Coveleski’s day was done after he walked Rickey Henderson. Doug Jones came in to try to strand Reggie at third, but Eddie Collins hit a sac fly to tie the game at one.

Bender went nine innings, and relievers Justin Duchscherer, Rube Walberg, and Dennis Eckersley kept Cleveland scoreless in extras. Those four hurlers issued no walks to the Naps in the extended game.

In the 12th, Home Run Baker worked a walk against Bob Feller, then safely made a crucial steal of second base. Terry Steinbach, making a rare start to give Mickey Cochrane a day off, came up huge with a single to drive in Baker for the winner.

The swingin’ A’s are hanging right in there with Boston and the streaking Yankees as the season reaches the quarter mark.

                      R H BB
OAK 000 000 010 001 - 2 4  5
CLE 100 000 000 000 - 1 6  0

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender     9.0  1  1  0  0  4  
S. Coveleski  7.1  1  1  0  3  1 

OAK 25-14, CLE 19-20

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