2014 Oakland Athletics
American League Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record88–74 (.543)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Lewis Wolff, John Fisher
General manager(s)Billy Beane
Manager(s)Bob Melvin
Local televisionComcast SportsNet California
(Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Shooty Babitt)
Local radioKGMZ
(Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, Ray Fosse)
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The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at O.co Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.

Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.

Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.

The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had raised their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the A's were met with disaster. A historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.

The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.

Regular season

Oakland's 2014 season was full of ups and downs. They held the best record in the MLB at (59-36) going into the All-Star break, and were ranked by the Bleacher Report as the number one team in Major League Baseball. By mid-August, however, the Athletics had quickly begun losing ground in the AL race with a record of (11-25) through a 36-game span from August 10, to September 19, and were in the midst of what some called an historic collapse. General manager Billy Beane and his well-known "Moneyball" strategy came under increased scrutiny when Oakland made several personnel transactions, the most significant of which was finalized on July 31, 2014, while they still maintained a 2-game division lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This deal sent All Star left fielder Yoenis Céspedes to the Boston Red Sox in return for starting pitcher Jon Lester and veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes.[1][2] They would finish the season with a record of (88-74) and finished the second half of the year with a (29-38) record. Ended the season 10 games out of first place behind the Angels, and barely clinched the 2nd Wild Card spot just one game ahead of division rival, Seattle Mariners.[3]

American League West

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605 52–29 46–35
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 10 48–33 40–41
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 11 41–40 46–35
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 28 38–43 32–49
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 31 33–48 34–47


American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605
Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 +1
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 1
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 4
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 5
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 11
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 15
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 17
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 18
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 18
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 21


Record against opponents

Final season record

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–8 5–1 3–4 1–5 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–3 13–6 2–4 5–2 12–7 6–1 11–8 12–8
Boston 8–11 4–3 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 2–5 4–2 7–12 3–4 1–5 9–10 4–2 7–12 9–11
Chicago 1–5 3–4 9–10 9–10 3–3 6–13 1–5 9–10 2–5 4–3 3–4 5–2 2–4 5–2 11–9
Cleveland 4–3 5–2 10–9 8–11 5–2 10–9 2–5 11–8 4–3 2–4 2–4 4–2 6–1 2–4 10–10
Detroit 5–1 5–1 10–9 11–8 4–3 13–6 3–4 9–10 3–4 5–2 2–4 3–4 4–3 1–5 12–8
Houston 3–4 3–4 3–3 2–5 3–4 3–3 7–12 3–3 4–2 8–11 9–10 2–5 11–8 4–3 5–15
Kansas City 4–3 1–6 13–6 9–10 6–13 3–3 3–3 11–8 4–3 5–2 2–5 4–2 5–1 4–3 15–5
Los Angeles 2–4 5–2 5–1 5–2 4–3 12–7 3–3 7–0 2–4 10–9 7–12 5–2 14–5 5–2 12–8
Minnesota 3–4 2–4 10–9 8–11 10–9 3–3 8–11 0–7 3–4 1–6 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 9–11
New York 6–13 12–7 5–2 3–4 4–3 2–4 3–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–11 4–3 11–8 13–7
Oakland 4–2 4–3 3–4 4–2 2–5 11–8 2–5 9–10 6–1 4–2 9–10 4–2 9–10 4–3 13–7
Seattle 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–2 4–2 10–9 5–2 12–7 2–5 3–3 10–9 4–3 9–10 4–3 9–11
Tampa Bay 7–12 10–9 2–5 2–4 4–3 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 11–8 2–4 3–4 5–2 8–11 10–10
Texas 1–6 2–4 4–2 1–6 3–4 8–11 1–5 5–14 5–2 3–4 10–9 10–9 2–5 2–4 10–10
Toronto 8–11 12–7 2–5 4–2 5–1 3–4 3–4 2–5 2–4 8–11 3–4 3–4 11–8 4–2 13–7


Schedule and results

Game log

Legend
Athletics Win Athletics Loss Game Postponed / Tie Home Game
2014 Game Log
Total: 88-74 (Home: 48-33; Away: 40-41)
March:   0-1 (Home: 0-1; Away: 0-0)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 March 31 Indians 0-2 Cody Allen (1-0) Jim Johnson (0-1) John Axford (1) 36,067 0-1
April:   18-9 (Home: 6-5; Away: 12-4)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
2 April 1 Indians PPD, RAIN; rescheduled for April 2
2 April 2 Indians 6-1 Scott Kazmir (1-0) Corey Kluber (0-1) 15,134 1-1
3 April 2 Indians 4-6 Cody Allen (2-0) Jim Johnson (0-2) John Axford (1) 12,198 1-2
4 April 3 Mariners 3-2 (12) Drew Pomeranz (1-0) Héctor Noesí (0-1) 11,236 2-2
5 April 4 Mariners PPD, FIELD CONDITIONS; rescheduled for May 7
5 April 5 Mariners 1-3 Félix Hernández (2-0) Dan Straily (0-1) Fernando Rodney (1) 30,290 2-3
6 April 6 Mariners 6-3 Sonny Gray (1-0) Erasmo Ramirez (1-1) Jim Johnson (1) 32,852 3-3
7 April 7 @ Twins 8-3 Scott Kazmir (2-0) Kevin Correia (0-1) 35,837 4-3
8 April 9 @ Twins 7-4 (11) Dan Otero (1-0) Jared Burton (0-1) 22,973 5-3
9 April 10 @ Twins 6-1 Dan Straily (1-1) Mike Pelfrey (0-2) 20,650 6-3
10 April 11 @ Mariners 4-6 Félix Hernández (3-0) Tommy Milone (0-1) Fernando Rodney (3) 38,968 6-4
11 April 12 @ Mariners 3-1 Sonny Gray (2-0) Erasmo Ramirez (1-2) Luke Gregerson (1) 22,061 7-4
12 April 13 @ Mariners 3-0 Dan Otero (2-0) Charlie Furbush (0-1) Sean Doolittle (1) 22,628 8-4
13 April 14 @ Angels 3-2 Jim Johnson (1-2) Ernesto Frieri (0-1) Luke Gregerson (2) 37,120 9-4
14 April 15 @ Angels 10-9 (11) Jim Johnson (2-2) Yoslan Herrera (0-1) 34,887 10-4
15 April 16 @ Angels 4-5 (12) Joe Smith (1-0) Drew Pomeranz (1-1) 37,324 10-5
16 April 18 Astros 11-3 Sonny Gray (3-0) Jarred Cosart (1-2) 18,234 11-5
17 April 19 Astros 4-3 Dan Otero (3-0) Chad Qualls (0-1) 33,166 12-5
18 April 20 Astros 4-1 Jesse Chavez (1-0) Brad Peacock (0-2) Luke Gregerson (3) 16,382 13-5
19 April 21 Rangers 3-4 Neal Cotts (1-1) Sean Doolittle (0-1) Joakim Soria (4) 13,297 13-6
20 April 22 Rangers 4-5 Alexi Ogando (1-1) Luke Gregerson (0-1) Joakim Soria (5) 15,744 13-7
21 April 23 Rangers 0-3 Martin Perez (4-0) Sonny Gray (3-1) 18,340 13-8
22 April 24 @ Astros 10-1 Scott Kazmir (3-0) Brett Oberholtzer (0-4) 19,987 14-8
23 April 25 @ Astros 12-5 Luke Gregerson (1-1) Josh Fields (0-2) 17,708 15-8
24 April 26 @Astros 6-7 Jerome Williams (1-1) Sean Doolittle (0-2) Raúl Valdés (1) 17,850 15-9
25 April 27 @ Astros 1-5 Collin McHugh (2-0) Tommy Milone (0-2) 18,935 15-10
26 April 28 @Rangers 4-0 Sonny Gray (4-1) Yu Darvish (1-1) 28,548 16-10
27 April 29 @Rangers 9-3 Scott Kazmir (4-0) Martin Perez (4-1) 30,221 17-10
28 April 30 @ Rangers 12-1 Jesse Chavez (2-0) Robbie Ross (1-2) 32,979 18-10
May:   16-12 (Home: 10-6; Away: 6-6)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
29 May 2 @ Red Sox 1-7 Clay Buchholz (2-2) Dan Straily (1-2) 34,850 18-11
30 May 3 @ Red Sox 3-6 Jon Lester (3-4) Tommy Milone (0-3) Koji Uehara (7) 37,042 18-12
31 May 4 @ Red Sox 3-2 (10) Jim Johnson (3-2) Chris Capuano (1-1) 35,649 19-12
32 May 5 Mariners 2-4 Chris Young (2-0) Scott Kazmir (4-1) Fernando Rodney (8) 11,019 19-13
33 May 6 Mariners 3-8 Roenis Elias (3-2) Jesse Chavez (2-1) 12,106 19-14
34 May 7 Mariners 4-6 Yoervis Medina (2-1) Ryan Cook (0-1) Fernando Rodney (9) 17,337 19-15
35 May 7 Mariners 2-0 Drew Pomeranz (2-1) Erasmo Ramirez (1-4) Jim Johnson (2) 17,337 20-15
36 May 9 Nationals 8-0 Tommy Milone (1-3) Doug Fister (0-1) 20,159 21-15
37 May 10 Nationals 4-3 (10) Sean Doolittle (1-2) Drew Storen (2-1) 36,067 22-15
38 May 11 Nationals 9-1 Scott Kazmir (5-1) Gio González (3-3) 28,205 23-15
39 May 12 White Sox 5-4 Jesse Chavez (3-1) John Danks (3-3) Sean Doolittle (2) 10,120 24-15
40 May 13 White Sox 11-0 Drew Pomeranz (3-1) Scott Carroll (1-3) 13,826 25-15
41 May 14 White Sox 2-4 Ronald Belisario (2-3) Fernando Abad (0-1) Matt Lindstrom (6) 18,035 25-16
42 May 16 @ Indians 11-1 Sonny Gray (5-1) Zach McAllister (3-4) 21,389 26-16
43 May 17 @ Indians 6-2 Dan Otero (4-0) Josh Tomlin (2-1) 18,358 27-16
44 May 18 @ Indians 13-3 Jesse Chavez (4-1) Justin Masterson (2-3) 14,872 28-16
45 May 20 @ Rays 3-0 Drew Pomeranz (4-1) Jake Odorizzi (2-4) Sean Doolittle (3) 11,369 29-16
46 May 21 @ Rays 3-2 Tommy Milone (2-3) Érik Bédard (2-2) Sean Doolittle (4) 10,555 30-16
47 May 22 @ Rays 2-5 (11) Josh Lueke (1-2) Dan Otero (4-1) 11,257 30-17
48 May 23 @ Blue Jays 2-3 Liam Hendriks (1-0) Scott Kazmir (5-2) Casey Janssen (6) 21,007 30-18
49 May 24 @ Blue Jays 2-5 R. A. Dickey (5-4) Jesse Chavez (4-2) Brett Cecil (3) 29,372 30-19
50 May 25 @Blue Jays 1-3 J. A. Happ (4-1) Drew Pomeranz (4-2) Casey Janssen (7) 45,277 30-20
51 May 26 Tigers 10-0 Tommy Milone (3-3) Drew Smyly (2-3) 35,067 31-20
52 May 27 Tigers 5-6 Al Alburquerque (2-1) Fernando Abad (0-2) Joe Nathan (12) 21,549 31-21
53 May 28 Tigers 3-1 Scott Kazmir (6-2) Joe Nathan (2-1) 15,590 32-21
54 May 29 Tigers 4-5 Rick Porcello (8-2) Jesse Chavez (4-3) Joe Nathan (13) 21,860 32-22
55 May 30 Angels 9-5 Drew Pomeranz (5-2) Garrett Richards (4-2) 23,384 33-22
56 May 31 Angels 11-3 Fernando Rodriguez (1-0) Tyler Skaggs (4-3) 35,067 34-22
June:   17-9 (Home: 8-3; Away: 9-6)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
57 June 1 Angels 6-3 Sonny Gray (6-1) Jered Weaver (6-4) Sean Doolittle (5) 32,231 35-22
58 June 3 @ Yankees 5-2 (10) Dan Otero (5-1) Adam Warren (1-3) Sean Doolittle (6) 41,677 36-22
59 June 4 @ Yankees 7-4 Jesse Chavez (5-3) José Ramírez (0-1) Sean Doolittle (7) 37,734 37-22
60 June 5 @ Yankees 1-2 Masahiro Tanaka (9-1) Drew Pomeranz (5-3) David Robertson (13) 44,346 37-23
61 June 6 @ Orioles 4-3 (11) Fernando Abad (1-2) Evan Meek (0-2) Sean Doolittle (8) 28,076 38-23
62 June 7 @ Orioles 3-6 Kevin Gausman (1-1) Sonny Gray (6-2) 44,202 38-24
63 June 8 @ Orioles 11-1 Scott Kazmir (7-2) Ubaldo Jiménez (2-7) 38,244 39-24
64 June 9 @ Angels 1-4 Garrett Richards (6-2) Jesse Chavez (5-4) Ernesto Frieri (11) 36,838 39-25
65 June 10 @ Angels 1-2 (15) Cory Rasmus (2-0) Jeff Francis (0-2) 31,942 39-26
66 June 11 @ Angels 7-1 Tommy Milone (4-3) Jered Weaver (7-5) 36,793 40-26
67 June 13 Yankees 0-7 David Phelps (2-4) Sonny Gray (6-3) 36,067 40-27
68 June 14 Yankees 5-1 Scott Kazmir (8-2) Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) 36,067 41-27
69 June 15 Yankees 10-5 Jesse Chavez (6-4) Vidal Nuño (1-3) 36,067 42-27
70 June 16 Rangers 8-14 Colby Lewis (5-4) Drew Pomeranz (5-4) 12,412 42-28
71 June 17 Rangers 10-6 Tommy Milone (5-3) Yu Darvish (7-3) 21,288 43-28
72 June 18 Rangers 4-2 Sonny Gray (7-3) Nick Tepesch (2-3) Sean Doolittle (9) 23,175 44-28
73 June 19 Red Sox 4-2 Scott Kazmir (9-2) Jake Peavy (1-5) Dan Otero (1) 24,371 45-28
74 June 20 Red Sox 4-3 Fernando Abad (2-2) Andrew Miller (2-5) Sean Doolittle (10) 28,602 46-28
75 June 21 Red Sox 2-1 (10) Dan Otero (6-1) Edward Mujica (2-3) 32,873 47-28
76 June 22 Red Sox 6-7 (10) Koji Uehara (3-1) Fernando Abad (2-3) 36,067 47-29
77 June 24 @Mets 1-10 Bartolo Colón (8-5) Scott Kazmir (9-3) 25,751 47-30
78 June 25 @Mets 8-5 Brad Mills (1-0) Zack Wheeler (3-8) Sean Doolittle (11) 23,367 48-30
79 June 27 @ Marlins 9-5 Luke Gregerson (2-1) Steve Cishek (4-3) 18,666 49-30
80 June 28 @ Marlins 7-6 (14) Jim Johnson (4-2) Jacob Turner (2-6) Jeff Francis (1) 19,358 50-30
81 June 29 @ Marlins 4-3 Tommy Milone (6-3) Andrew Heaney (0-3) Ryan Cook (1) 21,917 51-30
82 June 30 @ Tigers 4-5 Blaine Hardy (1-1) Sean Doolittle (1-3) 42,477 51-31
July:   15-10 (Home: 10-2; Away: 5-8)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
83 July 1 @ Tigers 0-3 Rick Porcello (11-4) Brad Mills (1-1) 32,455 51-32
84 July 2 @ Tigers 3-9 Justin Verlander (7-7) Jesse Chavez (6-5) 35,445 51-33
85 July 3 Blue Jays 4-1 Sonny Gray (8-3) R. A. Dickey (6-8) Sean Doolittle (12) 32,913 52-33
86 July 4 Blue Jays 1-0 (12) Dan Otero (7-1) Chad Jenkins (0-1) 22,322 53-33
87 July 5 Blue Jays 5-1 Scott Kazmir (10-3) Mark Buehrle (10-6) 20,236 54-33
88 July 6 Blue Jays 4-2 Jeff Samardzija (1-0) Drew Hutchison (6-7) Sean Doolittle (13) 22,897 55-33
89 July 7 Giants 5-0 Jesse Chavez (7-5) Ryan Vogelsong (5-6) 36,067 56-33
90 July 8 Giants 6-1 Sonny Gray (9-3) Madison Bumgarner (9-7) 36,067 57-33
91 July 9 @ Giants 2-5 Matt Cain (2-7) Jason Hammel (0-1) 41,427 57-34
92 July 10 @ Giants 6-1 Scott Kazmir (11-3) Tim Hudson (7-6) 41,069 58-34
93 July 11 @ Mariners 2-3 Félix Hernández (11-2) Jeff Samardzija (1-1) Fernando Rodney (29) 32,971 58-35
94 July 12 @ Mariners 2-6 Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4) Jesse Chavez (7-6) 39,204 58-36
95 July 13 @ Mariners 4-1 Sonny Gray (10-3) Chris Young (8-6) Sean Doolittle (14) 25,944 59-36
-- July 15 85th All-Star Game National League 3   American League 5   (Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Target Field)
96 July 18 Orioles 5-4 Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) Zach Britton (3-2) 27,232 60-36
97 July 19 Orioles 4-8 Wei-Yin Chen (10-3) Jason Hammel (0-2) Zach Britton (16) 36,067 60-37
98 July 20 Orioles 10-2 Sonny Gray (11-3) Kevin Gausman (4-3) 30,124 61-37
99 July 22 Astros 2-3 (12) Darin Downs (2-1) Fernando Abad (2-4) Chad Qualls (11) 22,908 61-38
100 July 23 Astros 9-7 Jesse Chavez (8-6) Brad Peacock (3-7) Sean Doolittle (15) 28,310 62-38
101 July 24 Astros 13-1 Jeff Samardzija (2-1) Scott Feldman (4-8) 22,759 63-38
102 July 25 @Rangers 1-4 Jerome Williams (2-4) Jason Hammel (0-3) Neftalí Feliz (1) 35,582 63-39
103 July 26 @Rangers 5-1 Sonny Gray (12-3) Nick Tepesch (3-7) 34,651 64-39
104 July 27 @ Rangers 9-3 Scott Kazmir (12-3) Miles Mikolas (1-3) 38,915 65-39
105 July 28 @ Astros 3-7 Brett Oberholtzer (3-7) Jesse Chavez (8-7) 18,259 65-40
106 July 29 @ Astros 7-4 Evan Scribner (1-0) Chad Qualls (1-2) Sean Doolittle (16) 16,940 66-40
107 July 30 @ Astros 1-8 Dallas Keuchel (10-7) Jason Hammel (0-4) 17,637 66-41
August:   12-17 (Home: 9-6; Away: 3-11)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
108 August 1 Royals 0-1 Jeremy Guthrie (7-9) Sonny Gray (12-4) Greg Holland (30) 35,067 66-42
109 August 2 Royals 8-3 Jon Lester (1-0) Jason Vargas (8-5) 30,097 67-42
110 August 3 Royals 2-4 James Shields (10-6) Scott Kazmir (12-4) Greg Holland (31) 22,612 67-43
111 August 4 Rays 3-2 (10) Ryan Cook (1-1) Grant Balfour (1-4) 18,479 68-43
112 August 5 Rays 3-0 Jason Hammel (1-4) Drew Smyly (6-10) Sean Doolittle (17) 16,335 69-43
113 August 6 Rays 3-7 Jeremy Hellickson (1-1) Sonny Gray (12-5) 21,513 69-44
114 August 7 Twins 3-0 Jon Lester (2-0) Yohan Pino (1-4) 22,108 70-44
115 August 8 Twins 6-5 Scott Kazmir (13-4) Kyle Gibson (10-9) Sean Doolittle (18) 20,196 71-44
116 August 9 Twins 9-4 Jeff Samardzija (3-1) Trevor May (0-1) 32,074 72-44
117 August 10 Twins 1-6 Phil Hughes (12-8) Luke Gregerson (2-2) 25,598 72-45
118 August 11 @ Royals 2-3 Kelvin Herrera (3-2) Sonny Gray (12-6) Greg Holland (35) 21,479 72-46
119 August 12 @ Royals 11-3 Jon Lester (3-0) Jeremy Guthrie (8-10) 27,161 73-46
120 August 13 @ Royals 0-3 Jason Vargas (9-5) Scott Kazmir (13-5) 21,099 73-47
121 August 14 @ Royals 3-7 Aaron Crow (6-1) Jeff Samardzija (3-2) Greg Holland (36) 20,569 73-48
122 August 15 @ Braves 2-7 Alex Wood (9-9) Jason Hammel (1-5) 30,606 73-49
123 August 16 @ Braves 3-4 Julio Teherán (11-9) Sonny Gray (12-7) Craig Kimbrel (36) 40,760 73-50
124 August 17 @ Braves 3-4 Mike Minor (5-8) Jon Lester (3-1) Craig Kimbrel (37) 25,461 73-51
125 August 19 Mets 6-2 Scott Kazmir (14-5) Dillon Gee (4-6) 23,498 74-51
126 August 20 Mets 5-8 Zack Wheeler (9-8) Jeff Samardzija (3-3) Jeurys Familia (4) 20,312 74-52
127 August 22 Angels 5-3 Sonny Gray (13-7) Jason Grilli (1-4) Sean Doolittle (19) 33,810 75-52
128 August 23 Angels 2-1 Luke Gregerson (3-2) Joe Smith (5-2) Sean Doolittle (20) 36,067 76-52
129 August 24 Angels 4-9 Jered Weaver (14-7) Scott Kazmir (14-6) 36,067 76-53
130 August 25 @ Astros 8-2 Jeff Samardzija (4-3) Scott Feldman (7-10) 14,094 77-53
131 August 26 @ Astros 2-4 Josh Fields (4-6) Luke Gregerson (3-3) Chad Qualls (15) 17,345 77-54
132 August 27 @ Astros 5-4 Dan Otero (8-1) Chad Qualls (1-4) Eric O'Flaherty (1) 14,791 78-54
133 August 28 @ Angels 3-4 (10) Fernando Salas (5-0) Ryan Cook (1-2) 41,056 78-55
134 August 29 @ Angels 0-4 Jered Weaver (15-7) Jon Lester (3-2) 41,177 78-56
135 August 30 @ Angels 0-2 Yoslan Herrera (1-1) Jeff Samardzija (4-3) Huston Street (11) 44,018 78-57
136 August 31 @ Angels 1-8 Matt Shoemaker (14-4) Scott Kazmir (14-7) 44,205 78-58
September:   10-16 (Home: 5-10; Away: 5-6)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
137 September 1 Mariners 6-1 Jason Hammel (2-5) Chris Young (12-7) 36,067 79-58
138 September 2 Mariners 5-6 James Paxton (5-1) Sonny Gray (13-8) Fernando Rodney (40) 23,859 79-59
139 September 3 Mariners 1-2 Félix Hernández (14-5) Jon Lester (3-3) Fernando Rodney (41) 17,073 79-60
140 September 5 Astros 3-4 Brett Oberholtzer (5-10) Jeff Samardzija (4-4) Tony Sipp (3) 21,130 79-61
141 September 6 Astros 4-3 Luke Gregerson (4-3) Chad Qualls (1-5) 28,668 80-61
142 September 7 Astros 3-4 José Veras (4-0) Ryan Cook (1-3) Josh Fields (3) 25,533 80-62
143 September 8 @ White Sox 4-5 (11) Javy Guerra (2-3) Jesse Chavez (8-8) 15,517 80-63
144 September 9 @ White Sox 11-2 Jon Lester (4-3) John Danks (9-11) 12,150 81-63
145 September 10 @ White Sox 1-2 Zach Putnam (5-3) Luke Gregerson (4-4) Jake Petricka (12) 15,046 81-64
146 September 11 @ White Sox 0-1 Chris Sale (12-3) Scott Kazmir (14-8) Jake Petricka (13) 12,314 81-65
147 September 12 @ Mariners 2-4 James Paxton (6-2) Jason Hammel (2-6) Fernando Rodney (45) 29,090 81-66
148 September 13 @ Mariners 3-2 Luke Gregerson (5-4) Fernando Rodney (1-6) Sean Doolittle (21) 43,913 82-66
149 September 14 @ Mariners 4-0 Jon Lester (5-3) Chris Young (12-8) 28,925 83-66
150 September 16 Rangers 3-6 Nick Tepesch (5-10) Scott Kazmir (14-9) Neftalí Feliz (10) 19,835 83-67
151 September 17 Rangers 1-6 Robbie Ross (3-6) Sean Doolittle (1-4) 17,530 83-68
152 September 18 Rangers 2-7 Nick Martinez (4-11) Sonny Gray (13-9) 17,574 83-69
153 September 19 Phillies 3-1 Jon Lester (16-10) David Buchanan (6-8) Sean Doolittle (22) 35,067 84-69
154 September 20 Phillies 0-3 Jerome Williams (6-7) Dan Otero (8-2) Ken Giles (1) 31,848 84-70
155 September 21 Phillies 8-6 Sean Doolittle (2-4) Miguel Alfredo González (0-1) 25,126 85-70
156 September 22 Angels 8-4 Jeff Samardzija (5-5) C. J. Wilson (13-10) 25,455 86-70
157 September 23 Angels 0-2 Wade LeBlanc (1–1) Sonny Gray (13–10) Huston Street (40) 27,588 86-71
158 September 24 Angels 4-5 Hector Santiago (6–9) Jon Lester (16–11) Huston Street (41) 27,989 86-72
159 September 25 @ Rangers 1-2 Neftalí Feliz (2–1) Luke Gregerson (5–5) 33,696 86-73
160 September 26 @ Rangers 6-2 Scott Kazmir (15–9) Nick Tepesch (5–11) 31,586 87-73
161 September 27 @ Rangers 4-5 Spencer Patton (1–0) Jeff Samardzija (7–13) Neftalí Feliz 35,326 87-74
162 September 28 @ Rangers 4-0 Sonny Gray (14–10) Nick Martinez (5–12) 36,381 88-74

Post-season

Wild Card Game

Main article: 2014 American League Wild Card Game

The 2014 American League Wild Card game took place on September 30, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Oakland Athletics took on the Kansas City Royals. Oakland went out to an early lead after a first inning 2-run home run from Brandon Moss, scoring Coco Crisp. Kansas City responded in the bottom half of the inning, and trimmed Oakland's Lead to 1 after a Billy Butler single, scoring Nori Aoki. The Royals later took the lead in the 3rd inning, following two RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer. In the top of the 6th inning, Brandon Moss hit his second homerun of the game, which scored Sam Fuld and Josh Donaldson. Followed by RBI singles from Derek Norris and Coco Crisp, making the score 7-3 Oakland after 6 innings. The Royals then scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, making the score 7-6. Kansas City would later tie the game in the bottom of the 9th using their well documented "small ball" techniques, and scored from an Aoki sacrifice fly, sending the game to extra innings. Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the 12th, where Alberto Callaspo scored Josh Reddick on a single to left field, which put the Athletics up 8-7. In the bottom of the 12th Kansas city rallied back, and tied the game on an infield single, and later won the game in walk-off fashion on a Salvador Pérez single down the 3rd base line. The 2014 AL Wild Card playoff game became the longest game in the history of the MLB wild card. The Royals would later continue their hot streak, and found themselves in the 2014 World Series, where they later lost to the San Francisco Giants.[4][5]

Postseason game log

2014 Postseason Game Log
Total: 0-1 (Home: 0-0; Away: 0-1)
# Date Opponent / Time Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
1 September 30 @ Royals 8–9 (12) Frasor (1–0) Otero (0–1) 40,502 0–1


Roster

2014 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

All-stars

The following players represented the Athletics at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game:

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sacramento River Cats Pacific Coast League Steve Scarsone
AA Midland RockHounds Texas League Aaron Nieckula
A Stockton Ports California League Ryan Christenson
A Beloit Snappers Midwest League Rick Magnante
A-Short Season Vermont Lake Monsters New York–Penn League David Newhan
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Ruben Escalera

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Midland[6]

References

  1. ^ "A's trade of Yoenis Céspedes has backfired". September 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand After the All-Star Break". Bleacher Report.
  3. ^ "Athletics Standings".
  4. ^ "Athletics vs. Royals - Game Recap - September 30, 2014 - ESPN".
  5. ^ Major League Baseball wild-card game#American League
  6. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2014). Baseball America 2015 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-54-1.