Rain soaks chance for road re­prieve

The Mercury News - - Sports - By Corey Sharp Cor­re­spon­dent

Grave­man re­lieved af­ter two in­nings, A’s lose 2-0 lead

A’s starter Ken­dall Grave­man cruised through two score­less in­nings, fac­ing the min­i­mum by throw­ing just 26 pitches, and held a 2-0 lead.

Then, the rains came. Af­ter a one hour and 46 minute weather de­lay, Grave­man was re­moved from the game in the A’s 5-3 loss to the Phillies.

“Just some­thing I can’t con­trol,“Grave­man said of the rain de­lay. “You don’t want it to hap­pen, but this is the first time in my ca­reer this has hap­pened, that I can re­mem­ber at any time. That’s just kind of how it went tonight.”

Grave­man needed to throw a shutout and al­low one hit or fewer to one-up fel­low starter Daniel Meng­den, who went the dis­tance on Fri­day and sur­ren­dered just two sin­gles. The de­lay washed those hopes away.

“Both teams have to do it, but we lost a lit­tle mo­men­tum,” man­ager Bob Melvin said. “We lost our best start­ing pitcher, so it didn’t work out well for us, but we didn’t play too ter­ri­bly well af­ter the de­lay ei­ther.”

The A’s jumped out to the 2-0 in the sec­ond in­ning, when Matt Olson slugged his 20th home run on a line drive to right field. The rookie first base- man now has a com­bined 40 home runs on the sea­son in two lev­els. Fel­low rookie Matt Chap­man con­tin­ued his surge with his league-lead­ing 17th dou­ble since the All-Star break, which moved Mark Canha to third with one out. Boog Pow­ell then de­liv­ered a sac­ri­fice fly to left.

The mo­men­tum swung the Phillies di­rec­tion af­ter the rain de­lay in a bat­tle of the bullpens. A trio of Phillies’ rookie re­liev­ers, Yack­sel Rios, Vic­tor Arno, and Hoby Mil­ner com­pletely si­lenced the A’s bats. They tossed 3.2 in­nings of perfect base­ball.

The only blem­ish came from a Bruce Maxwell walk off Mil­ner in the sixth. Edubray Ramos struck out Chap­man on a full count to end the in­ning. The A’s lone hit af­ter the rain de­lay came when Jed Lowrie home­red off Phillies’ closer Hec­tor Neris in the ninth.

“When you don’t see some­body you usu­ally have to ac­cli­mate a lit­tle bit,” Melvin said of the Phillies young re­liev­ers. “But same thing for them, they didn’t re­ally know much about our guys but they had bet­ter at­bats and played bet­ter af­ter the rain de­lay af­ter we did. “

The Phillies tagged re­liever Chris Smith for two runs on four hits in 1.1 in­nings.

MATT SLOCUM — ASSOCIATED PRESS

A’s starter Ken­dall Grave­man pitches in the sec­ond in­ning against the Philadel­phia Phillies on Satur­day. Grave­man pitched two score­less in­nings be­fore a rain de­lay.

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