Against one of the game’s great young talents, manager Bob Melvin set an old record.
The Oakland A got the best of MVP leader Shohei Ohtani in a 3-1 win, a narrow win that’s good enough for Melvin’s 798th win as skipper of the A and Tony La Russa for the most management wins in the history of Oakland binds. Melvin is the longest-serving manager in MLB in his eleventh season with the A and has two Manager of the Year awards on his mantle.
“It just means I’ve been here for a while,” Melvin said before the game. “I’m happy to be here. I have bosses who believed in me and I’ve had really good players and coaches. It’s about the players. Players win games for you. Coaches prepare them. I’m just a glorified one Cheerleader who pats them on the back and gets recognition from time to time. It just means I’m lucky. ”
Matt Chapman said he knew Melvin was a special manager if he was “not too difficult” for aspiring players like him in a 2017 season.
“When you talk to other people who have played for BoMel or other teams and have come back, you can see and understand how good a manager is and how lucky we are all because he never lets us know at a young age put too hard, “Chapman said.
The historic victory was satisfactory. With a simple game plan, the above players scraped together just enough attack against one of the league’s top talent to guarantee victory.
Elvis Andrus was responsible for two of the three goals ahead of Ohtani. The second broke a goalless game in the sixth inning with some kind of seedy rally. After Mark Canha was unlucky, Tony Kemp made a colorful sacrifice to get the runners into the goal position.
Ohtani had almost cut Canha’s head off in an earlier attack and asked Canha to throw a few selected words on the jug when the benches briefly became vacant. Ohtani collapsed on the hill when he actually hit Canha on the back, and Canha took his base without a look. It set the table for Matt Olson’s sacrificial fly to give the A’s a 1-0 lead.
OAKLAND, CA – MAY 28: Mark Canha (20) of Oakland Athletics is hit by a pitch from Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani in the sixth inning of their baseball game at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., On Friday, May 28, 2021 (Doug Duran / Bay Area News Group)
The two-way sensation Ohtani, scratched from its launch on Friday after a traffic and BART mishap, kicked off Friday with an ERA of 2.37, a devastating splinter and an intriguing fastball that can reach 100 miles per hour. Ohtani’s speed had dropped a few ticks in his last two starts, and on Friday the A’s were able to increase Ohtani’s pitch count when it became clear he wasn’t in the best of positions.
“He has overwhelming strike material,” said Chapman. “He’s a great pitcher. For us we thought about not only increasing the pitch, but also swinging to the right pitch.” His splinter is a chase field, his slider is good and when he’s in command of the fastball it’s really tough. It seemed like he was struggling with his command at the beginning of the game. ”
Due to Ohtani’s 24% gait rate against left-handers, Melvin kept the left in stock on Friday’s line-up, including Tony Kemp’s second meeting. It paid off on the seventh as he struggled to find the strike zone and Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland took walks in succession, both of which came back to bite. Chapman, who finished seventh on the line-up with an average of 0.209, hit right field to hit Lowrie and force Ohtani out of the game.
A special statistic for Yusmeiro Petit: Petit was a relief for Friday starter Sean Manaea and scored his seventh win of the year, connecting Cleveland player Aaron Civale for most in the American League. Unlike Civale, Petit has no loss.
Petit cleared a goal threat in the seventh inning and threw a careless inning without a hit. his business card. Melvin and Petit have won multiple victories together in Petit’s fourth year in Oakland.
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“He rewards me every time,” said Melvin. “It’s his kind of game, then it’s one plus. We have seen him so often. We are spoiled by it, but he is made for the big moments.”
Sean’s strong performance: Manaea went almost zero against zero with Ohtani against a cast with Mike Trout-less Angels. Unlucky hit the seventh when Jose Rojas’ flyball found grass in no man’s land. Kurt Suzuki’s colorful sacrifice put him in second place and David Fletcher, who is known for making contact with the best and worst fields, scored a 1-1 draw in left field and knocked Manaea out of the game.
A fourth win was not on the cards, but it will take the 6 2/3 innings of a one-run ball with eight strikeouts.
“He was fantastic today,” said Melvin. “You saw it straight away on your bike. Hit 95 once, 94 a few times. These guys challenge each other, these starters. One does it one night, the other is another round. Unfortunately he didn’t win, but boy, he hit us deeply and was important to us to win. ”
OAKLAND, CA – MAY 28: Seth Brown (15) of Oakland Athletics congratulates Elvis Andrus (17) as Andrus scored the starting gun for a victim fly from Matt Olson in the sixth inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum, Oakland , California on Friday, May 28, 2021. (Doug Duran / Bay Area News Group)