The A’s did not list a strike against Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar for the first five innings, and although Oakland starter Josh Outman was pitching closely also, the team came at risk of falling for the 14th time in 15 games. However Oakland grazed for small-ball single runs in the sixth and seventh innings and beat the Royals 2-1.
Melvin said simply when asked for his introductory comments the game, “A win is good.”
To get the first win by an A’s starter outman worked seven scoreless innings. The 11-game losing streak by the starters was the next longest in Oakland history after a 13 game streak in 1977.
Melvin said, “He was aggressive, really aggressive. You could tell he wanted to be the guy to give us a chance to win the game.”
He enjoyed being in a fight of the pitcher with Hochevar, and he desired to ensure he obtained deep, identifying that the bullpen was taxed Tuesday night, when Trevor Cahill went 4 1/3 innings.
Catcher Landon Powell, in the sixth innings obtaining his second start in three games, rose up the first hit off Hochevar. David De Jesus after Jemile Weeks’ bunt single attempted one more bunt to go forward the runners but in its place obtained Powell thrown out at third. Weeks stole third, and Cliff Pennington next with a base strike to right center.
Melvin has stated that he is approving of small ball, especially with the A’s personnel and with the big ballpark. He’s all for that approach, speaking he previously has observed several colleagues strike the ball far although not quite enough.
He said, “It doesn’t go out real easy here. So that’s a good route to take right now.”
The A’s obtained some good defense, jump of left fielder Josh Willingham at the wall to catch Matt Treanor’s fifth-inning drive and running of Sweeney, over the shoulder catch at the track in middle on a shot by Jeff Francouer in the seventh.
Together Fuentes and Barton were “a little bit” at responsibility on what was ruled a single, Melvin said.
In the third, Outman has a throwing error, a wayward pickoff try that provided Oakland a league-high 53 errors.
According to Melvin, Coco Crisp, center fielder sat out with a bruised right heel, but must not miss over a day or two.
Hideki Matsui acquired the 500th walk of his big-league career.