www.tidewaterreview.com/sports/national/sns-rt-bbo-athletics-playerwatch-20140204,0,7427583.story

tidewaterreview.com

Oakland Athletics - PlayerWatch

Reuters

1:04 PM EDT, October 1, 2014

Advertisement


CF Coco Crisp went 2-for-6 with an RBI in the AL wild-card game, but he had to leave with a tender right hamstring in the 11th inning. Manager Bob Melvin said, "If he has to come out of the game it's not good. For him to go out there and have to come back in means it's bad."

DH Adam Dunn's wait to appear in a postseason game goes on -- assuming he returns for another season. He didn't get off the bench Tuesday as the A's lost to the Royals in the AL wild-card game. Dunn has played in 2,001 major league games, the most among active players without appearing in the playoffs.

LHP Jon Lester gave up six runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. He came in with a career postseason ERA of 2.11. He was not involved with the decision, but manager Bob Melvin praised his performance. "In Jon's case, he pitched well for us," Melvin said. "He left with the lead and gave us a chance to win. You don't expect the score to be (that high) with those two guys (Lester and James Shields) pitching, especially with the bullpens. That's why you play the game."

1B Alberto Callaspo recorded a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 12th to give Oakland the lead. It was his first postseason RBI in nine career at-bats.

DH Brandon Moss hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the wild-card game. He blasted a 407-foot shot in the first to give Oakland a 2-0 lead. Then, with the A's trailing in the sixth, he launched a 418-foot home run to dead center field, giving the A's a 5-3 lead. He is the ninth player in A's history to hit multiple home runs in a postseason game.

C Geovany Soto left the game in the bottom of the third inning with an injury to his left thumb that occurred in the bottom of the first. "He kind of pulled his thumb back on the play at the plate," manager Bob Melvin said. "It got worse and worse. As a catcher, you need your thumb, especially with (LHP Jon) Lester's cutter."

LHP Eric O'Flaherty, who enjoyed an impressive comeback season following Tommy John surgery, was left off the roster for the AL wild-card game. O'Flaherty sat out the last eight days of the regular season due to a sore left elbow. After he threw to hitters Monday, the decision was made to omit him from the roster for the elimination game against the Royals. "(He) didn't love the way the ball was coming out of his hand, so it just didn't seem prudent to put him on the playoff roster right now," manager Bob Melvin said, according to MLB.com.