Oakland, CA – Doug Fister’s return to the mound was memorable for the A’s who knocked the right-hander out of the game after tossing four plus innings. After having a day off to regroup Oakland’s offense found it’s way back to O.Co.
The A’s dominated in their 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals to open a three-game series. After coming off the 15-day disabled list, Fister’s debut was brutal after surrendering nine hits, seven runs and three home runs over 4.1 innings.
“Physically, I felt like I was in the right place today,” Fister said. “I felt strong, but it was a matter of lack of execution.”
Oakland got on the board first when Josh Donaldson singled on a ground ball to Fister who over threw first base. Donaldson advanced to third, Brandon Moss singled on a ground ball to right field scoring in Donaldson for the early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
“It was a terrible throw,” said Fister.
John Jaso went yard to leadoff the third extending the A’s lead 2-0. Oakland’s bats continued to come alive in the fourth when Yoenis Cespedes lead off the frame with a single. Josh Reddick followed with a single and on a wild pitch, Cespedes scored.
Then back-to-back home runs in the fifth sent Fister back to the dugout. Moss hit a two-run homer and Cespedes followed with a solo dinger to right field making the game 7-0. And Derek Norris added on another run with a RBI single bottom of the seventh.
The A’s played their first interleague game of the season and the win against Washington was the first in franchise history. The Nationals made their first appearance in Oakland since 2005. Another first for the A’s was hitting back-to-back home runs for the first time this season.
“This time I felt good early,” Tommy Milone said. “And that’s when you get your rhythm going. This was as good as it was against the Dodgers. I had some games like this in 2012, not so much in 2013.”
Facing his former team for the first time since being traded three years ago, Milone was simply stellar on the mound. He earned his first win of the season and went 8.0 innings or more for the sixth time in his career. Milone allowed just two hits, no runs, three walks and seven strikeouts.
“I don’t think he missed a location all night, he was fantastic,” said Derek Norris. “I think you can make the argument that’s the best I’ve seen him throw. He was very, very good.”
“He was awesome,,” Moss said. “That’s pretty much all I got.”