Recap: A’s Add To Dodgers’ Frustration By Completing Sweep

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Wood continued to work his way through the A’s’ lineup in the bottom of the fourth, striking out Canha en route to retiring the side in order. Wood received some help from Turner making a nice play on a bill hit to his left; Gonzalez also deserves some praise for scooping the one-hopper from Turner.

Butler drew his second walk of the game in the fifth inning, though two groundball outs followed and the A’s trailed 2-1 through five frames. Chavez quickly retired the Dodgers in order in the top of the sixth, holding Los Angeles to one hit up to that point in the game.

Wood’s sixth inning of work quickly spiraled out of control as a Sogard single was followed by a Burns RBI double that tied the game. Pederson managed to cutoff Burns’ shot to the left-center field gap, but bobbled the ball in his hast to relay it back to the infield, which allowed Sogard to easily score.

Canha’s infield single left runners on the corners with no outs and the A’s took a 3-2 lead on Valencia’s RBI double play. After walking Josh Phegley, Wood gave way to Chris Hatcher, who retired Jake Smolinski to end the inning.

Hatcher then retired the three batters faced in the bottom of the seventh to keep the Dodgers within one run of the A’s. Kiké Hernandez hit a two-out double in the eighth, but was stranded as Chavez struck out Rollins to end the inning.

Jim Johnson took over for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth and promptly gave up a leadoff single. Burns followed with a bunt single and Johnson walked Canha to load the bases with one out. After striking out Valencia, Hatcher was replaced by Luis Avilan.

The Dodgers’ left-handed reliever allowed the A’s to extend their lead to 4-2 on a Stephen Vogt sacrifice fly. Pedro Baez then entered and gave up an RBI double to Smolinski that got by a diving attempt from Turner, extending Oakland’s lead to 5-2.

Drew Pomeranz earned the save by easily retiring the Dodgers in the ninth to complete the two-game sweep for the A’s.


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