Cespedes launches tying home run
Yoenis Cespedes hit a game-tying, two-run home run, and it was Kila Ka'aihue's game-winning single that gave the A's a comeback 5-4 victory over Chicago at the Coliseum.
Alexei Ramirez hit a two run-double in the top of the 14th inning to give Chicago a 4-2 lead. Jim Miller got the win for Oakland in his A's debut, retiring one batter in the top of the 14th.
The score was tied 2-2, when Paul Konerko crushed the first pitch from A's closer Grant Balfour onto the left field steps leading off the ninth inning. From there, the A's never really threatened to win.
Jarrod Parker had a strong debut, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing a single run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five, before turning the game over to Ryan Cook. A botched squeeze play helped the A's hold on to a 2-1 lead as Cook retired five hitters to give Balfour a chance to save the game.
Like the first two games of the series, runs were at a premium. Parker and Chicago starter Chris Sale matched zeroes for the first five innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, the A's broke through, when after a Jemile Weeks single, Josh Reddick hit a two-out double to deep right to drive in the game's first run.
Cespedes followed with a flare to right-center field to make it 2-0. In the top of the seventh, Chicago got a run, and with one out, Alex Rios scored on Kosuke Fukudome's double to deep center. Facing Brent Morel, Cook threw a slider that Fukudome broke on, and Eric Sogard tagged him out to keep the score at 2-1.
In the 12th inning, reliever Jerry Blevins allowed a lead-off double and intentionally walked Konerko. But another botched bunt attempt helped Kurt Suzuki pick off Brett Lillibridge at second. Alex Rios doubled to left, but a good relay throw to the plate got pinch-runner Gordon Beckham at home to keep the score tied at 2.
Good: Yoenis Cespedes. It was either the Cuban Missile or Jarrod Parker and Cespedes gets the nod because of his clutch, game tying home run in the 14th. Quite simply, as #52 goes, so goes the A's offense at this point.
Bad: Jerry Blevins. I thought about putting Grant Balfour here, but Blevins stinks. There's no two ways about it. He was lucky to escape damage in the 13th, and then, he was charged in the 14th. Every time he enters the game, I think something bad is going to happen. It did today. The A's were fortunate to win in spite of it.
Ugly: Eric Sogard. He was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts and a crucial error that ended up costing the A's. The merry-go-wrong at third base continues.
Now 10-10, the A's hit the road to start a three-game series at Baltimore. Game 1 is Friday and Brandon McCarthy will face Jake Arrieta. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.