Does A’s starter Bartolo Colon have to fear double jeopardy?
It’s unclear, but Colon, who served the first 45 days of a 50-day suspension for performance-enhancing drug use last year and the final five days this year, had his name again crop up Tuesday in conjunction with PEDs.
According to espn.com, Major League Baseball is looking to hand down suspensions for players who have had dealings with Florida’s Biogenetics, a lab that has been charged with providing elite athletes with PEDs.
Colon’s name was linked to Biogenetics Tuesday, just as it was when the Biogenetics story first broke in the last week of January.
Unlike most of the other names on the list, names like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, Colon was hit with a PED suspension and served his time.
What the story Tuesday didn’t say was if Colon and others who have served suspensions like Melky Cabrera have anything to worry about in terms of further suspensions.
“I think he’s already paid his dues, right?’’ Melvin said.
Melvin admitted he doesn’t know. No one does. For the moment, at least, it seems the pendulum could swing either way.
–A.J. Griffin didn’t get a win Tuesday, but it wasn’t for lack of performance on his part.
The second-year right-hander had the Brewers completely at a loss for seven innings. He walked one, gave up four hits and struck out five. The one inning he did get in trouble, a single and a walk putting him in a hole to start the fifth inning, he didn’t let the subsequent hitters get the ball out of the infield.
“Griffin was terrific,’’ Melvin said. “There was that one inning when he got in a little trouble, but he worked out of it.’’
Griffin, although denied his sixth win, threw seven shutout innings for the first time since May 3 when he did it in Yankee Stadium.
“He threw well, really well,’’ catcher John Jaso said.
Griffin allowed just four hits, and none of the first three were hit with much authority until Carlos Gomez opened the seventh with a liner to right.
Overall, A’s starting pitchers continue to outdo themselves. Over the course of the last 18 games, they have turned in 14 quality starts. Griffin’s performance Saturday marked the fifth time in that stretch when an Oakland starter went 6.1 or more scoreless innings.
The starters have a 2.50 ERA in those 18 games.
–Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the sixth.
Both came off Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse and they accounted for all the A’s runs.
It was the first time in his career that Cespedes has had a multiple homer game.
“I didn’t know that,’’ Melvin said. “It seems like he’s had more than that.’’
Cespedes is on a bit of a roll of late, although the power wasn’t much in evidence before Tuesday. Since May 17, the day he went hitless to fall to .196, Cespedes has played in 17 games and is 22-for-72 (.306) to get his overall average to .239. Along the way he has 11 extra-base hits and 14 RBIs.
He had not hit a home run since May 21 when he turned on the first pitch he saw from Lohse, launching it into the left-center field seats for a 2-0 lead. He went deep to left-center again in the sixth and singled in the eighth.