On Saturday, the Oakland Athletics celebrated a very special day and picked up a big win, to boot. While the A's welcomed back some local heroes on the 10th anniversary of the 2002 20-game winning streak, a crowd of over 30,000 was on hand in O.co Coliseum to witness a big 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians.
The A's cracked the game open with a four-run third inning. Josh Donaldson got things started with an RBI groundout, Josh Reddick followed up with a two-out RBI double and Yoenis Cespedes blasted his 16th home run of the year to quickly make it 4-0 Oakland. George Kottaras contributed an RBI single in the sixth inning to push the lead out to 5-0.
Carlos Santana finally got the Indians on the board with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but Cespedes got that run right back in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1.
The A's tacked on two last insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth with a Coco Crisp triple. The Indians showed they still had some life in them, as Shin-Soo Choo blasted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth off of reliever Evan Scribner. Scribner gave up a hit between the first two outs of the inning. Jerry Blevins came on in relief but served up a two-run homer to Brent Lillibridge that cut the Oakland lead to 8-5. Blevins then served up a single to Jason Donald and was lifted for Grant Balfour. Balfour was able to strike out Ezequiel Carrera to end the game.
Bartolo Colon pitched another gem before the bullpen took over and gave the home crowd a scare. Colon picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits and no walks in eight innings of work.