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Yoenis Cespedes hits walkoff homer; A’s sweep Dodgers

Jun 21, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

Yoenis Cespedes AP

An ugly series for the Dodgers had an especially ugly ending Thursday, with Yoenis Cespedes hitting a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the A’s a sweep in Oakland.

Josh Lindblom, one of the NL’s best setup men this season, had a terrible ninth today. He walked Coco Crisp to start the inning and then allowed him to advance with a wild pitch. Jemile Weeks then dropped down the bunt everyone in the ballpark knew was coming, yet Lindblom, after picking it up, turned and looked to fire to third base with no one standing there. Juan Uribe was drawn way in on the play, and even had Uribe been back, it was a good enough bunt with a speedy baserunner that Crisp was likely to be safe anyway.

That made it first and third with none out for Cespedes. Had things gone as planned and the sacrifice been successful, Cespedes almost certainly would have been walked to set up the double play. As it was, the A’s pitched to him, and he ripped a line drive that barely stayed to the right of the foul pole in left, giving the A’s a 4-1 win.

Much credit should go to Travis Blackley. Coming off his first win in eight years last week against the Padres, Blackley matched Clayton Kershaw pitch for pitch in this one. Both threw eight innings and allowed one run on three hits. Kershaw struck out seven and walked two. Blackley fanned six and walked none.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers have to be wondering where their offense went. Despite having the DH available, they scored just two runs in being swept. Leadoff man Dee Gordon went without a hit or a walk for the third straight game today, yet still managed to get caught stealing (he reached on a fielder’s choice in the ninth). $85 million outfielder Andre Ethier is hitting .171 in 70 at-bats this month. They actually used Ivan De Jesus — a utilityman who hadn’t started a game in three weeks — as their DH today.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I don’t know how the Dodgers have been doing it. They are not good. Donny Baseball’s Koolaid can only work a while.

  2. minimoose763 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I really wish the Giants had kept Blackley, considering the fact that Zito is back to being Zito again and Timmy is still struggling. Anyways, thanks A’s, for keeping the Dodgers in check.

    • willsolo - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      The Giants did just lose 2 out of 3 against the Angels, so relax their sweetheart.

  3. caladan607 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Ooops Matt, “As it was, the A’s pitched to him, and he ripped a line drive that barely stayed to the right of the foul pole in left, giving the A’s a 4-1 win.” The A’s pitched to the A’s batter allowing the A’s to win? Small ooops Matt in your usually excellent writing. That’s alright, I’ll give you one such error a month. What’s that? You want one error allowance a week? But what would your error rate be then?

    • 4d3fect - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      We’ll be refunding your subscription fee just as soon as we can find a record of your payment.

  4. APBA Guy - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I expected the Dodgers to roar back after going 0-2 in the series, but the sun never came out, and Kershaw lost the no-hit bid early.

    The Dodgers only got 8 hits this series. In three games.

    That’s beyond bad luck. Tommy Milone had a complete game. He tops out at 88. Blackley’s just filling in until Braden or Anderson is healthy. He gave up 3 hits in 8 IP.

    Slump doesn’t begin to describe the current state of the Dodger offense.

    Anytime you can make the A’s look like they are in another, better category of offensive production, you are well and truly bad.

    • goawaydog - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      hmmm I swear I saw a ray of sunshine in the bottom of the 9th, maybe it was just a laser.

  5. butchhuskey - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I’m not sure how good the A’s are, but they are certainly not as boring to watch as they have been in recent years. Milone and Jarrod Parker are good young pitchers, and having Inge and Cespedes in the lineup makes the team pretty competitive. So even though I’m a Mets fan, I enjoy watching some of the A’s games and rooting for their underdog group of young players.

    • butchhuskey - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Oh and I also like Brandon McCarthy

    • dangle13x - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      Inge??!?!?! hahah right.

      • hcf95688 - Jun 22, 2012 at 7:39 AM

        Inge turned in the most impressive defensive play of the game, turning Gordon’s sac bunt in the 9th into a FC out at second base. It as a tough, ballsy play that ignited the crowd.

  6. pantherpro - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Wait till the A’s get embarrassed this weekend when there are more Giants fans than A’s in the own park. The A’s have been and will always be the ugly step sister in the Bay Area. Are you moving to Fremont? San Jose? Portland? Oaktown dont want you!

    • dangle13x - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      ha I have nothing to do with either team but way to come off like a white trash loser.

    • willsolo - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Considering the A’s have won more world titles than the Giants have since both teams have moved to the Bay Area, I don’t get how that’s possible. You must be one of those fans that started watching when the team won the world series in 2010. SF is a bunch of bandwagoners its disgusting.

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