The A’s 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night gave them their 20th win in their last 25 games.
Essentially everything has gone right for the A’s in that span. Everything except Sean Doolittle.
Somewhere along the way, Oakland’s lefty reliever fell from perfection back down to earth, giving up runs over a string of outings that led to three of the club’s five losses since May 17.
But Doolittle is back to being his dominant self, and now the A’s, who got two home runs from Brandon Moss and a pair of RBIs from John Jaso on Wednesday, can seemingly do no wrong.
– Jane Lee, MLB.com
You see Giants fans at ballparks around America and feel sorry that they wasted their money on the tickets, airfare and hotels, because this team is practically unwatchable outside of San Francisco and its home away from home, Phoenix.
The Pirates won for second consecutive night, 12-8, and dropped the Giants’ road record to 12-20.
– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
New owner Vivek Ranadive has plenty of options, though for such an unconventional thinker, he boxed himself in to a certain extent with his hasty hiring of a head coach. Michael Malone, the former Golden State assistant, could prove to be one of those unassuming assistants who slides one seat over and becomes an instant celebrity.
But general managers invariably want to hire their own coaches, so this may or may not be an impediment. Malone is a rookie who has yet to stare down DeMarcus Cousins, convince the players that defense isn’t a four-letter word, experience the wrath of the benchwarmers or contend with his boss after the first extended losing streak.
– Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee