After a Monday night game that could have served as a home run contest, Tommy Milone and Zach McAllister did their best Tuesday to put the spotlight back on the mound in a pitcher’s duel that saw the Clevland Indians come out on top as McAllister got a 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field.
It was a shame someone had to take a loss seeing as both hurlers seemed intent on matching the other’s effort inning-by-inning. Milone struck out five and allowed only five hits and no walks, and McAllister struck out four with one walk while also giving up five hits.
Milone’s undoing would be the fifth inning, when Brandon Moss couldn’t field a bouncer to first from Carlos Santana, which was compounded by a throwing error to first by Eric Sogard that allowed Santana to advance to second. Mike Aviles moved Santana to third on a single to left field, and Yan Gomes brought him home to score the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly to Yoenis Cespedes in center.
That would be all the run support McAllister would need as he pitched into the eighth inning without ever allowing an A’s baserunner to get past first. Cespedes gave Oakland some hope when he singled with one out in the top of the ninth, but he was caught trying to steal second, and Moss struck out to end the game shortly thereafter.
The A’s are now 2-3 through the first five games of a 10-game road trip. They’ll look to bounce back with A.J. Griffin on the mound tomorrow, and right-hander Justin Masterson will take the hill for the Tribe. Game time is at 4:05 PST.