The Oakland Athletics (45-34) haven’t faced the National League’s Cincinnati Reds (45-33) since June of 2010 in Oakland. That last meeting was disastrous for the A’s as they were swept in a three-game series. This time around, it was another story as the A’s took game one of a two game series 7-3, giving Pat Neshek his second win of the season.
There was no backing down against the Reds’ right-hander, Bronson Arroyo (6-6, 3.61 ERA), as the A’s had seven runs on seven hits through four innings including Josh Donaldson’s 11th home run of the season in the third.
However, struggles came in the fifth inning as Oakland lefty, Tommy Milone (6-7, 4.06 ERA), left the game after walking in the Reds’ third run of the night and leaving the bases loaded with two outs. Reliever, Pat Neshek, came to the rescue and struck out designated hitter, Chris Heisey, stranding all three Reds’ base runners.
Milone gave up six hits, three earned runs, one home run, and walking four over four & two-thirds...