OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea was about to throw his 100th pitch of Wednesday’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks when he faced Eduardo Escobar with two runners on no outs in the top of the sixth inning.
After a mound visit from A’s pitching coach Scott Emerson, Manaea then threw four straight sinkers to strike out Escobar, then got both Christian Walker and Asdrúbal Cabrera to fly out to end the threat with no damage done.
Manaea finished his day with a season-high 111 pitches over six scoreless innings, leading the A’s a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks before an announced crowd of 4,090 at the Coliseum.
Mark Canha’s bizarre two-RBI triple in the second inning was all of the offense the A’s needed as Manaea has now thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings. Manaea threw a four-hit shutout on June 2 in a 6-0 A’s win over the Seattle Mariners.
Over his last four starts, Manaea now has a 0.69 ERA with just two earned runs allowed in 26 2/3 innings.
The last time Manaea threw as many pitches as he did Wednesday was Sept. 6, 2017, when he threw 116 over six innings in a 3-1 A’s win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Jed Lowrie had three hits and an RBI on Wednesday as the A’s won their third consecutive series, sweeping the two-game set with Arizona and moving to 11 games over .500 for the first time this season. The Diamondbacks have now lost 19 straight road games dating back to April 25.
The A’s start a four-game set with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
In the second inning, it appeared Diamondbacks outfielder Ketel Marte had made a rally-killing running catch, robbing Canha of extra bases before crashing into the center-field wall.
The ball, though, popped out of Marte’s glove and rested on the warning track. By the time the ball was thrown back into the infield by a perplexed Marte, Canha was at third base and two A’s runs had scored.
On the play, Canha drove a Matt Peacock changeup to near straightaway center field. Marte tracked it down, made the catch, and went into the wall. The ball was still in his glove when he came away from the fence but dropped out a split-second later.
Tony Kemp and Elvis Andrus scored on the play, which was reviewed by Major League Baseball but upheld as a Canha triple.
Rule 5.09(a)(1) states in part that a catch is not made if a player “simultaneously or immediately following his contact with the ball, he collides with a player, or with a wall, or if he falls down, and as a result of such collision or falling, drops the ball.”
The A’s next batter, Lowrie, hit a ball back up the middle that Peacock tried to barehand. The ball, though, deflected off Peacock’s right hand and toward the shortstop spot, which Nick Ahmed had vacated to try and field Lowrie’s grounder.
Canha scored on the play for a 3-0 A’s lead and Peacock had to leave the game.
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