By Ryan Hohman
For the second time in less than 24 hours, a former Indian helped the A’s bury the Tribe. Last night it was Bartolo Colon and today it was ex-Cleveland Indian Coco Crisp. Crisp had three hits, including a three-run homerun, and drove in five runs as the Oakland Athletics completed a three game sweep of the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Sunday.
While Crisp had his way at the plate, Oakland starting pitcher Jarrod Parker had his way on the mound, working his way out of jams early and cruising late to throw eight innings of shutout ball and improved to 8-7 (3.48) on the season.
Justin Masterson, coming off back-to-back wins with a 1.38 over his last two outings, struggled early and was charged with all seven runs in the defeat. Cleveland’s record falls to 54-67 with the loss. They’ve lost five straight and 18 of their last 22 games.
The Indians had plenty of chances early but could not plate a run.
By Mike Brandyberry
The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics have been rumored in trade talks for several days. The Indians are desperate to land an outfield bat, while the Athletics have two, possibly three outfielders available. I had the chance to have an extensive email conversation regarding trade possibilities with Oakland Athletics blogger, David Wishinsky. David runs the blog, The Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan and you can follow him on twitter at @tvprcretireplan.
The chat is a bit extensive, but if you are an Indians fan with an eye on an Athletics outfielder, you will quickly see they are available for a fair price.