Chap­man keys A’s win

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

OAK­LAND (AP) — Mar­cus Semien didn’t have much time to think after mak­ing a div­ing stop on Sal­vador Perez’s sharp grounder in the eighth in­ning. With Kansas City’s Whit Mer­ri­field off third base and break­ing for home, the Oak­land short­stop had no one choice but to throw to the plate.

It worked out per­fectly for both Semien and the A’s.

Matt Chap­man home­red lead­ing off the bottom of the eighth, mo­ments after Semien’s defensive gem cut down the go-ahead run, and the A’s beat the Roy­als 3-2 on Sun­day.

“Just re­ac­tion,” Semien said. “I had a tough grip. I had my whole palm on the ball so I just tried to throw it as hard as I could from there. Mer­ri­field’s pretty quick so you got to get the trans­fer and the throw there as quick as you can. That was good.”

Oak­land man­ager Bob Melvin called it one of the best plays of Semien’s ca­reer. Closer Blake Treinen, who was on the mound and had a per­fect view, termed it ‘in­cred­i­ble.’

Mer­ri­field dou­bled off A’s starter Sean Manaea and ad­vanced to third on Mike Mous­takas’ ground­out. Treinen re­placed Manaea and got Perez to hit a grounder that Semien made a div­ing stop on, and threw to home while still

on his knees to nail a slid­ing Mer­ri­field.

“Chap­man made a great swing but that swing doesn’t get us the win if Mar­cus doesn’t make that play,” Treinen said. “We were try­ing to call a sinker there be­cause (Perez) swung through a good one down the pitch be­fore. High per­cent­age ground­ball/ swing-and-miss pitch and he put a pretty good swing on it. Mar­cus made a bet­ter play.” Melvin agreed. “That’s a re­ally good run­ner at third go­ing on con­tact,” Melvin said. “To dive like that, get up and have to throw it off balance on the money like that, no legs un­der­neath him . game-win­ner.”

Stephen Pis­cotty and Jonathan Lu­croy both drove in runs for the A’s, who squan­dered nu­mer­ous scor­ing chances be­fore Chap­man came through with a solo home run off Roy­als re­liever Ja­son Adam (0-1).

Treinen (3-1) re­tired five batters to win fol­low­ing a strong start Manaea. Win­less since May 14, Manaea al­lowed six hits and two runs over 7 1/3 in­nings and had six strike­outs with no walks.

Perez hit his 11th home run for the Roy­als, who have lost seven of eight.

Kansas City’s of­fen­sive funk con­tin­ued, al­though Mous­takas gave his ball­club a jolt in the first in­ning when he laid down a bunt to beat Oak­land’s defensive shift.

Photo by Wayne Thallander

Al­though he did not get the win, Oak­land pitcher Sean Manaea al­lowed only two runs in 7 1/3 in­nings as the A’s de­feated Kansas City, 3-2, in Oak­land on Sun­day.

Photo by Wayne Thallander

Mark Canha, Oak­land left fielder, hit a home run in the eighth in­ning to give the A’s a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Roy­als in Oak­land on Sun­day.

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