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Olson walks off for A's in wild 14-inning affair

April 18, 2018

OAKLAND -- With one swift swing of the bat it was all over. A moment nearly six hours in the making.Matt Olson delivered a bases-loaded RBI single to deep left field to clinch a 12-11 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday and a series sweep for the A's.It was

OAKLAND -- With one swift swing of the bat it was all over. A moment nearly six hours in the making.
Matt Olson delivered a bases-loaded RBI single to deep left field to clinch a 12-11 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday and a series sweep for the A's.
It was a wild back-and-forth affair which featured a five-run comeback by the A's, in a contest that took 555 pitches and 5 hours and 48 minutes to complete.
"It's just like a heavyweight fight," Olson said. "We kept trading blows the whole game, until finally we were able to get that one."

After trailing virtually all game, the A's briefly held a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth. But closer Blake Treinen couldn't shut the door on the White Sox, who used a Tim Anderson RBI single to push the game to extra innings. But Treinen was able to settle down after that and complete three innings on an afternoon when starter Andrew Triggs didn't make it out of the second inning.
Following Treinen's outing, rookie Lou Trivino emerged from the bullpen before finishing the final three frames to collect his first big-league victory. It's been quite a whirlwind lately for Trivino, who made his MLB debut in Tuesday's victory after learning of his promotion at a pizza restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa, late Monday night.

"It's been a very crazy 24 hours," Trivino said. "I've enjoyed it, though."
Triggs said he struggled due to a lack of control and movement on his pitches. The usually accurate right-hander lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks. Entering Wednesday's action, Triggs had allowed just five earned runs over 15 2/3 innings (2.87 ERA).
Ryan Dull was the only A's reliever who didn't see game action on Wednesday. He and A's outfielder Jake Smolinski were both on the mound warming up in the 14th when Olson delivered the game-winner.
"Shoot, I put us in a heck of a hole, that's for sure," Triggs said. "We emptied out the bullpen. Those guys worked their butts off and it's impressive what they did. I've sat in the bullpen before and I know what that's like when the starter doesn't do his job. I didn't do my job today, so tip of the cap."
"The bullpen was Herculean," added A's manager Bob Melvin.

Chicago's leadoff man Yoan Moncada delivered the big blow to Triggs, a second-inning grand slam that opened up an early 6-1 lead. Once Triggs hit Jose Abreu with a pitch two batters later, Melvin emerged from the dugout to pull Triggs from the game. With long man Yusmeiro Petit in Venezuela dealing with a family medical emergency, Melvin had to get creative with his bullpen to get through the contest.

The A's knocked White Sox righty Carson Fulmer out of the game in the second inning. Olson said he felt more locked in as the game progressed, as he went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two walks. Khris Davis contributed three hits and two RBIs, while Mark Canha kept up his recent hot streak with a second-inning solo shot. Stephen Piscotty also had a pair of hits and extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which he is batting 13-for-31 (.419).
In all, five players recorded multi-hit games for the A's, who have now won four straight and averaged 10 runs per game during the series.
"We're really hitting on all cylinders right now," Piscotty said. 

While the A's battled malaise in the early going, its offense was able to claw back throughout the afternoon. Jed Lowrie gave Oakland its first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth when he belted a two-run homer to left field. It continued his white-hot start to the season, as he entered action on Wednesday as the MLB leader in hits and RBIs. Following a 2-for-7 afternoon, Lowrie is now batting .346 with a team-best six homers, 21 RBIs and 28 hits.
"We have a lot of guys who are going up there and putting together consistent at-bats every time," Olson said. "Jed, [Davis], Piscotty -- they're all swinging the bat right now and that is kind of contagious."

At 5 hours and 48 minutes, Wednesday's contest marked the third-longest by game time in Oakland A's history. The first two? Back on April 29, 2013, the A's and Angels engaged in a 6-hour, 32-minute affair that went 19 innings. The A's and Yankees played a 16-inning, six-hour contest on Aug. 9, 2002 in the Bronx.
"The thing is that we had like 20 runs in the past two games. We have to keep that up. It doesn't matter. What's important is winning." -- Canha, on if he'll continue to wear a ski mask during day games with nice weather.
The A's trailed, 6-3, and had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the second when Lowrie grounded to Anderson. The White Sox shortstop quickly relayed to second baseman Moncada, who fired to first baseman Matt Davidson for what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. After further review, however, Lowrie was called safe at first to extend the inning. Lowrie's hustle down the line plated another run for Oakland -- one that proved to be instrumental later on in sending the game to extra innings.

The A's will rest on Thursday before hosting the Red Sox for a three-game series this weekend. Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman has struggled mightily this season and enters with a 9.87 ERA across his four starts. He'll take the ball on Friday at 7:05 p.m. PT against former A's southpaw Thomas Pomeranz, who makes his 2018 debut.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to based in the Bay Area.