The A's saw a little of everything on the road

The Sports Xchange

Before Thursday's road-trip finale, A's manager Bob Melvin was asked if he was looking forward to the conclusion of the trip, which has included an earthquake, a hurricane, a bug infestation, a doubleheader with four hours in rain delays, and a 16-inning loss on Wednesday night.

"That would be an understatement," Melvin said.

Oakland did have some memorable moments on the 10-game trip, including two victories at Yankee Stadium, plus Brandon Allen's two monster home runs there. Most of the rest of the trip, however, was a hard slog, and the A's wound up going 4-6.

On Wednesday, the A's used their entire bullpen, and Oakland relievers retired 24 batters in a row at one point, only to lose in the 16th inning on what the A's strongly believed was a bad call by plate umpire Bruce Dreckman.

Jack Hannahan singled to right off Josh Outman, sending pinch runner Cord Phelps racing home from second base with one out, and while David DeJesus' throw came in high, it looked on replays as if catcher Kurt Suzuki got the tag on Phelps well before he reached the plate.

Dreckman called him safe.

Suzuki said he did get the tag on Phelps, and Melvin said Thursday morning, after seeing the replay: "It did look like he got him and he was out. But there's nothing we can do about that now."

The A's bounced back Thursday with a 7-0 victory to end a five-game losing streak, as Gio Gonzalez threw seven shutout innings.

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