Game 59 wrapup: Reddick lucky bad-look skid not worse; Milone runs bases with aplomb; Okajima the new Popeye; Crisp’s roll continues with four hits
By John Hickey
Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 10:15 pm in 2013 regular season.
Josh Reddick thought he was settling in four a routine try at a sliding catch. Instead he left a skid mark suitable for Grand Prix racing.
Reddick admitted the ball hit by Carlos Gomez of the Brewers was going to be tough to catch, but he didn’t expect to wind up “a foot deep in the earth’s core.’’
It turns out that Miller Park was a recent host to a Kenny Chesney concert, after which part of the outfield grass had to be replaced by sod. It apparently didn’t have enough time to firm up.
“That would explain it,’’ Reddick said. “I thought it was going to be a normal slide. At least it looked good.’’
First baseman Brandon Moss, walking by, heard that and retorted, “No, it didn’t.’’
It could have looked ugly indeed if the turf conditions had led to some sort of injury, as Reddick admitted.
“That would have been horrible,’’ he said. “I’m just a human specimen. I didn’t get hurt.’’
–Pitchers can prepare to hit. The A’s starters have been doing that for a few weeks knowing that games in two National League cities, San Francisco and Milwaukee, were coming up.
Preparing to run the bases is something else again.
So after Tommy Milone got each of his two hits, he wound up having to run the bases. In the fifth inning e had it easy at first, moving to second base when Coco Crisp walked, but then he had to run hard to score on John Jaso’s single.
He been had to slide at the plate, and he delivered a good one, a pop-up slide that looked as if he’d been doing it all his life.
In the seventh inning, his singled was followed by a Crisp hit that sent him to second base, a Jaso hit that moved him to third and a grounder from Yoenis Cespedes that allowed him to score.
“That was a nice job running the bases,’’ Jaso said. “He got me an extra RBI.’’
Milone said that he and Tuesday’s pitcher, A.J. Griffin, have spent time in the last couple of weeks running the bases a little during batting practice.
“We just wanted to get the feel for rounding the bases,’’ Milone said. “It’s not like in a real game, but it gets you used to it.’’
–Hideki Okajima was smiling widely after Monday’s game.
You would have thought that odd after Okajima took a line drive off his left forearm in the eighth inning and the forearm began to swell.
But he was checked out, and neither the A’s nor the pitcher believe it was anything more than a glance blow.
Pointing at his forearm, Okajima said through an interpreter, `I feel like Popeye.’’ And in English he said, “It’s OK.’’
–In his first 10 at-bats after coming off the disabled list, a 15-day work stoppage necessitated by a troublesome left hamstring, Coco Crisp went hitless.
In his 51 at-bats since, he’s collected 20 hits, good for a .392 average. Four of those hits, including a leadoff homer, came Monday.
For all of that, Crisp said he doesn’t feel like he’s getting better the further he gets from his injury stint.
“I come off the DL seeing the ball pretty good,’’ he said. “And I’m seeing the ball pretty good now. I’m just glad a few of the balls are falling in now.’’
–Milone is the first A’s pitcher with two hits in a game since Edgar Gonzalez did it on June 19, 2009 in San Diego.
–With two hits Monday, Josh Donaldson is 52-for-146 (.356) with 27 RBIs in his last 40 games. The multiple-hit game was his 22nd of the season.
–The 19 hits for the A’s is a season high, one more than the 18 recorded in Houston on May 25.
–Brandon Moss’s eighth homer ended an 0-for-11 skid for him. It was his first home run since May 25.