for this game

Davis, Kouzmanoff lead A's over sloppy Cubs, 9-5

Jun 16, 2010 - 5:44 AM By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO(AP) -- An easy roller and a routine throw. Derrek Lee botched them both on back-to-back plays, and just like that, the Oakland Athletics were on their way.

"It's bad, it's bad," Lee said. "There's no way around it."

Rajai Davis and Kevin Kouzmanoff had three hits apiece, and the Athletics took advantage of a season-high four errors by Chicago in a 9-5 victory over the Cubs on a rainy Tuesday night.

Davis drove in two runs. Kouzmanoff extended his career-high hitting streak to 15. And the Athletics rebounded from a three-game sweep at San Francisco, taking this one after a 1-hour, 41-minute delay at the start.

"After a long delay, it's hard to keep your focus," Davis said. "Sometimes, you have a lack of concentration and focus, but the game is tough enough."

Lee, a three-time Gold Glove first baseman, committed back-to-back errors in a four-run fourth and right fielder Tyler Colvin added two more in a three-run seventh that broke open the game, making it 8-4.

"It's embarrassing," said Lee, who went 59 games without an error and had never committed two in an inning. "It's tough to let the team down like that."

All manager Lou Piniella could say was: "I've never seen Derrek do that."

Trevor Cahill (6-2) got the win despite allowing four runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings, improving to 5-0 in his last six starts. He left after an RBI double to Chad Tracy that made it 5-3, and Jerry Blevins then gave up a run-scoring single to Koyie Hill that pulled the Cubs within one.

"I couldn't stop sweating," Cahill said. "It was hard to get a grip on the ball. And some pitches were getting away from me. It seemed like I went to rosin almost every pitch."

The Athletics regained control against Jeff Stevens in the seventh, although Colvin didn't help matters.

He let a single by Kouzmanoff get past him, putting runners on second and third with none out before Jack Cust walked to load the bases. Mark Ellis grounded into a double play, forcing the runner at the plate, but the Athletics got some more big breaks to pad their lead.

Stevens threw a wild pitch, allowing Kouzmanoff to score. Then, Cliff Pennington drove in Cust on a triple to deep right and scored when Colvin overthrew the cutoff man to make it 8-4.

Lee's errors in the fourth didn't help a shaky Carlos Zambrano (2-5), who gave up five runs - two earned - in six innings.

The Athletics already had a run in on Mark Ellis' bases-loaded single in the fourth when Lee had his lapses. With one out, he came in on Trevor Cahill's roller and booted the ball, allowing Cust to score from third, and things were about to get worse.

Lee dropped the throw after shortstop Starlin Castro fielded Davis' chopper toward the middle as Ellis and Pennington scored to make it 4-0.

"I really don't know what happened, maybe it was in the dirt," Davis said.

Told the throw wasn't, he responded: "Wow, you don't expect that, but things just happen."

Fans showered Lee with boos, then cheered sarcastically when he caught the throw from Ryan Theriot on Kurt Suzuki's inning-ending grounder to second.

"That's unacceptable," Lee said. "They're weren't hard plays. I can't even tell you what happened. The way we're playing, I can't afford to do that."

The sloppy game came on the heels of one of the most memorable ones at Wrigley Field.

On Sunday, the Cubs' Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth and the White Sox's Gavin Floyd matched him for 6 2-3 innings.

NOTES: Athletics OF Conor Jackson, acquired from Arizona for minor league closer Sam Demel, went to left in the seventh and grounded out in the ninth. ... Oakland reinstated Suzuki from the bereavement list and optioned OF Matt Carson to Triple-A Sacramento. ... The four-error game was the most for Chicago since it had four against Cincinnati on Sept. 12, 2009. ... Colvin hit a solo homer in the eighth.






  • 5
    roots
    MattDOOM777 Added 5 roots

    Athletics 9, Cubs 5  FinalJun 16 7:00 AM


  • Cubs 5, Athletics 9 - FINAL
    OAKLAND ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    R Davis cf 5 0 3 2 0 0 0 .267
    D Barton 1b 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 .284
    R Sweeney rf 5 0 0 0 0 2 7 .302
    K Suzuki c 4 1 1 0 1 0 6 .273
    K Kouzmanoff 3b 4 2 3 0 1 0 0 .294
    J Cust lf 2 2 0 0 2 1 3 .301
    C Jacks

    Jun 16 12:31 AM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY CLIFF PENNINGTON SCORED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 0 LEFT ON, 3 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    CHICAGO CUBS 5 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C BRESLOW (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Athletics 9, Cubs 5  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 16 12:23 AM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TYLER COLVIN (7) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF BRAD ZIEGLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8, CHICAGO CUBS 5
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.277, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Athletics 8, Cubs 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 16 12:08 AM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY TYLER COLVIN ALLOWED CLIFF PENNINGTON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J BLEVINS (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Athletics 8, Cubs 4  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 15 11:49 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY CLIFF PENNINGTON SCORED JACK CUST
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENNINGTON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J BLEVINS (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Athletics 7, Cubs 4  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 15 11:49 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JEFF STEVENS ALLOWED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C PENNINGTON (.213, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics 6, Cubs 4  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 15 11:47 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KOYIE HILL SCORED CHAD TRACY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K HILL ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: C ZAMBRANO (.214, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Athletics 5, Cubs 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 15 11:36 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHAD TRACY SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C TRACY ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 3 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: K HILL (.225, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 5, Cubs 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 15 11:32 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RAJAI DAVIS SCORED CLIFF PENNINGTON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R DAVIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D BARTON (.286, 2-FOR-3)

    Athletics 5, Cubs 2  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 15 11:20 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY STARLIN CASTRO SCORED CARLOS ZAMBRANO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S CASTRO ON FIRST, R THERIOT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    CHICAGO CUBS 2 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M BYRD (.332, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Athletics 4, Cubs 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 11:13 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS ZAMBRANO SCORED CHAD TRACY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C ZAMBRANO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    CHICAGO CUBS 1 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.287, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 4, Cubs 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 11:10 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY DERREK LEE ALLOWED CLIFF PENNINGTON AND MARK ELLIS
    TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R DAVIS ON FIRST, T CAHILL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D BARTON (.283, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 4, Cubs 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 10:49 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY DERREK LEE ALLOWED JACK CUST TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T CAHILL ON FIRST, C PENNINGTON ON SECOND, M
    ELLIS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.262, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 2, Cubs 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 10:46 PM


  • ML
    AT CHICAGO CUBS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK ELLIS SCORED KURT SUZUKI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ELLIS ON FIRST, J CUST ON SECOND, K
    KOUZMANOFF ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C PENNINGTON (.210, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 1, Cubs 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 10:43 PM