Cespedes, A's beat Angels in shorter contest

Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's probably needed a loud wake-up call Tuesday night in their rematch against the Angels after beating them in a 19-inning marathon that didn't end until early Tuesday morning.
A's center fielder Yoenis Cespedes did the honors. Twice.
Cespedes hit a booming RBI double high off the right-center-field fence in the fourth inning and a loud two-run triple high off the left-center wall in the fifth, powering the A's to a 10-6 victory Tuesday night.
"His bat's huge," said A's right-hander Jarrod Parker, who earned his first win of the season after starting 0-4. "His defense, his arm. He's a complete player. He's extremely important to our success. What we do as a team is going through him. For him to be in the lineup, it's going to make everyone else hitting around him that much more comfortable, to have that protection. He's a huge key, a big-time guy for this team."
Cespedes went 2-for-4, drove in four runs and scored once. The A's have gone 3-0 since he came off the disabled list Sunday after recovering from a strained muscle in his left hand.
"Today I felt good," Cespedes said. "Yesterday after the game, I felt tired. The reason why I'm good today is when I got here, I drank a Red Bull right before the game."
Whatever it takes.
The A's and Angels played for six hours and 32 minutes in the series opener, the longest game in Oakland A's history and in Angels history. Tuesday night's game took a mere 3:39.
Oakland catcher Derek Norris said the team's energy level was "surprisingly, really good" Tuesday night.
"We had kind of a late start today, so a lot of the guys kind of got their rest," said Norris, who went 2-for-3 and scored twice. "A lot of the guys were pounding the coffee and trying to get the caffeine to get your legs back underneath you. Just try to ride that high tide from last night into today. It ended up working out pretty well for us."
Parker held the Angels to four runs (three earned) on six hits over six-plus innings, striking out four and walking two.
"Obviously after last night, I knew I had to be efficient and try to lengthen my start and shorten the innings in the bullpen," Parker said. "To be able to do that, just be aggressive. That's the way it's going to happen.
"Just go out there and trust myself and be confident. There's a reason I've had success in the past. I didn't want to get away from who I am. Just trusting my stuff and letting it work."
The A's improved to 5-0 against the Angels this season. Oakland swept the Angels in a three-game series at Anaheim in April and can sweep them again with a win Wednesday afternoon in the finale at the O.co Coliseum.
"Our team last year showed what we have," Cespedes said. "We think we can beat any team."
After starting 10-16 last season, the Angels are off to an even slower start this year at 9-17. The A's improved to 16-12 and are 13-2 against teams in the American League West.
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (1-2) allowed seven runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
"His stuff looked good," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As the game went on, definitely in the sixth, no doubt he was tiring a bit, and he had some trouble putting some hitters away. His stuff looked good. His command wasn't as crisp tonight as we've seen when he's had his better games."
For the second straight game, Scioscia got little help from his bullpen. Nick Maronde gave up two runs without retiring a batter and was optioned to Double-A Arkansas after the game. Barry Enright, who yielded Brandon Moss' walk-off homer Monday, gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings Tuesday.
"When you put a guy in, you're putting him in with the confidence he's going to do the job," Scioscia said. "It's just not happening right now. We have a lot of things on the pitching side that we're trying to work through and get a little more continuity from our starters and bullpen. Right now, it's a frustrating situation to not be able to match up the way we need to. These guys, they're better pitchers than they've shown."
Both teams took a beating during Monday night's marathon.
Outfielders Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) and Chris Young (strained left quad) and shortstop Jed Lowrie (strained neck) were all out of the A's lineup.
The Angels placed center fielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left hamstring. Infielder Luis Jimenez sat out Tuesday, nursing a bruised shin.
NOTES: The Angels reinstated SS Erick Aybar (left heel contusion) from the 15-day disabled list. He went 1-for-4 and scored twice. LHP Michael Roth was optioned to Arkansas. He was 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA in seven appearances, including one start, for the Angels. ... The Angels recalled OF Scott Cousins from Triple-A. Cousins was hitting .224 (15-for-67) with one double, one triple and five RBIs for Salt Lake. ... The A's recalled RHP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned RHP Dan Straily to the River Cats. Scribner was on the A's Opening Day roster and made eight appearances with a 4.26 ERA before being sent down. Straily was called up for a spot start Monday, and he allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. In two starts for Oakland overall this year, Straily is 1-0 with an 6.35 ERA.

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