Kurt Suzuki led off the top of the 12th with his 2nd home run of the game, leading the Braves to the series sweep at Oakland’s sun cussed park.
Julio Teheran threw 6 scoreless innings, but in the 7th, he could not hold the 2 runs he was given to play with, as a Khris Davis solo home run preceded a routine pop up lost in the sun by Brandon Phillips. What should have been the 2nd out eventually came around to score the run that forced extra innings.
The Braves took the lead in the top of the 11th on a 2 out Nick Markakis walk and a Matt Kemp double, but Jim Johnson was not sharp in his 3rd appearance in 3 days. A couple of walks and a single off the RF wall tied the score, but Johnson was able to battle out of a 1 out, bases loaded situation to force the 12th. Arodys Vizcaino gave up a 2 out single and walk before nailing down the save.
The Braves finish the West Coast trip at 4 – 2, and stand at the halfway mark as essentially a .500 team. Most encouraging is the 20 – 21 road record, as the Braves can look to improve their 20 – 20 home record in the 2nd half and see where it takes them. Freddie Freeman and Sean Rodriguez look to be returning soon, at worst giving the Braves a quality bench. Sean Newcomb is here and Bartolo Colon is not.
Off Monday, then Houston comes to SunTrust Park on Tuesday.
The funniest thing I ever heard about Oakland: Steve McCatty upon hearing of Charlie Finley’s heart surgery: “It took eight hours – seven and a half to find the heart.”