OAKLAND — Kurt Suzuki boomed a solo shot into the left-field bleachers in the 12th inning on Sunday afternoon, dooming the Oakland A’s to their fifth loss in as many games.
Following the 4-3 defeat to the Atlanta Braves, the A’s record drops to 35-47.
For Suzuki, the ex-Oakland catcher, the homer off John Axford was just his sixth of the season, but his second of the day. His first longball — also a solo drive — came against Sean Manaea in the top of the second.
“He’g got some power and he’s smart, ” manager Bob Melvin said. “He knows when to look for a fastball and get the head out and he did both times.”
The left-handed starter delivered 7.1 innings of two-run ball in the matinee with both runs coming in the second. Suzuki’s blast accounted for the first run, while the second came around courtesy of a Ender Inciarte double. Manaea struck out six guests and walked a pair while scattering six hits.
“He did his part,” Melvin said. “We just didn’t do enough offensively. Really the whole series we didn’t do enough offensively.
The offense finally provided the left-hander with some support in the seventh when Khris Davis sent his 23rd homer beyond the wall in center and Adam Rosales drove in Franklin Barreto with a sacrifice fly.
Off the bat, Davis’ homer looked like it would be an easy fly out to center for Inciarte who ended up barraging into the wall as Davis’ drive just kept on carrying on a windy afternoon.
The clubs also traded runs in the 11th with Matt Kemp slamming a RBI double off the center-field wall and Bruce Maxwell replying with a run-scoring single. The A’s were in an ideal spot to walk off the Braves, with the bases loaded and one out. Instead, Rosales flied out to shallow center field and Rajai Davis struck out looking.
“Obviously we had one big inning where we had a chance to win it and we didn’t,” Melvin said. “We didn’t do much before that, but we maximized our opportunity in one inning, couldn’t come through [and] it ended up costing us.”
Healy exits with upper back spasms
After Ryon Healy hurt himself during his second-inning at bat, Barreto entered the game at shortstop in the top of the third and Rosales shifted to third base. The team said Healy is day-to-day with upper back spasms.
Alonso earns All-Star Game spot
Yonder Alonso will represent the A’s at the All-Star Game, which will be played in Miami, his adopted hometown.
“For him, this is a special day, getting to go home,” Melvin said. “A lot of hoopla around him when we were there potentially coming to Miami, so it’s going to be an exciting week for him.”
Alonso said Melvin informed him of his All-Star selection about 30 minutes before the game. The first call went to his wife then his parents.
“It’s one of those things that’s full circle,” Alonso explained. “Obviously I grew up there and went to school there, so for me to go back to my city and represent .. it means a lot.”
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