By any definition the 2013 season hasn't measured up to Chris Young's expectations. He doesn't play every day in a four-man Oakland outfield. When he does play he doesn't produce as consistently as he has in past years. Still his season hasn't been a total write-off. He drove in two runs in the A's 7-3 win over Cleveland Sunday and it was his solo homer in the sixth inning that snapped a 3-all tie and put the A's ahead of the Indians to stay. Young's power has come in sputters and gasps but when it has come it has often been most opportune from an Oakland perspective. Three of his 11 homers including Sunday's have broken ties. Two more have been three-run blasts that have carried the A's from behind to ahead. Four other homers have been solo blasts that have come when Oakland trailed in games by exactly two runs. Sunday's game which also featured a highlight reel-quality catch in the eighth inning in center field from Young came after the Rangers lost at home to Seattle enabling the A's to move to within one-half game of first-place Texas in the American League West. Lefty Tommy Milone back starting for the A's after a two-game sojourn at Triple-A with Sacramento threw more pitches than he would have liked to but only one of the three runs off him was earned. Given an early 2-0 lead Milone allowed just five base runners in the first four innings and only one did any damage Ryan Rayburn's solo homer in the second inning. Milone should have cruised through a 1-2-3 fifth inning but what should have been the middle out was a grounder thrown away at first by Alberto Callaspo filling in at third while Josh Donaldson spent the day as the DH. The Indians seized the opportunity to rally from what was at that point a 3-1 deficit. Jason Kipnis chased one run home with a single and Carlos Santana followed with a double to score Kipnis. That not only tied the game but it ended Milone's day after 97 pitches. Dan Otero took over and worked out of the jam stranding Santana at second base.
Chris Young's home run helps A's beat Indians 7-3
Oakland Tribune | Aug 18