OAKLAND -- A's pitchers Brett Anderson and Jerry Blevins were both thought to be unavailable on Monday night. They combined for seven innings, with Blevins getting the win.
Anderson was scratched from the start because of a sore right ankle. After pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits, he came out of the game when he tweaked the ankle trying to field a ball.
"That was some kind of effort he gave us," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We don't win the game without him, and it's not even close."
Anderson walked two and struck out five. Blevins got the final five outs, giving up one hit.
"We were one inning away from pitching a position player," Melvin said. "So it was good the game ended when it did."
That position player would have been outfielder Seth Smith, who was drafted out of high school as a pitcher but attended Mississippi, where he was a backup quarterback in addition to playing baseball.
"It would have been interesting to see how it turned out," Smith said. "With the law of averages I would have gotten someone out."
Had Smith pitched, pitcher Tommy Milone would have gone to the outfield. Melvin told him to be ready.
As it was, Melvin was forced to pull the DH and Blevins made his first career plate appearance.
"If he got a hit there he would have become a cult hero for years to come," Melvin said. "I just said good luck, said a prayer and sent him on his way."
Blevins fouled off one pitch before striking out.
"I hadn't seen a live pitch in a decade almost, maybe over," he said. "Well, I've had one AB since high school. That was in 2006. The first one I just wanted to see a ball out of a hand for the first time. Then I was like, 'All right. I can see it. Let's take a hack at it.' So I was just hoping not to embarrass myself."
Moss makes family's wait pay off
OAKLAND -- Brandon Moss' wife Allison enjoys driving to 0.co Coliseum toward the end of the game to give him a ride home every night.
Monday night, she pulled into the players' parking about 9:45 p.m. PT, bringing Brandon's sister and the Moss' two young sons, and waited.
Moss finally got to the car 4 1/2 hours later.
"They were just happy it was over," Moss said before Tuesday's game with the Los Angeles Angels. "Frankly, it's the first time I did something good to end a game and was just glad it was over. At no point are extra-inning games fun. Playing 19 innings is no fun."
When the family arrived home early Tuesday morning, 3-year-old Jayden Moss wanted to watch the replay of his favorite moment: the pie-in-the-face tradition.
"He's really into the whole baseball thing," Moss said. "He didn't want to watch the home run. He likes the pie. He made me play it 18 times."
Moss, who played high school ball in Georgia, didn't hear from any of his friends following the game. It wasn't until he woke up to see he received a bunch of text messages and phone calls.
Moss was also impressed with the faithful fans who stuck it out to the end.
"That was awesome," he said. "They were enjoying it, too. I played some of the game in right field and those guys were really into it. They had their energy up."
Scribner gives overworked A's bullpen a fresh arm
OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Evan Scribner had an idea he'd be called up, even before it became official.
Dan Straily, who started Monday night's contest, was a fill-in and knew he would be sent back down. Scribner knew, too.
"When I saw the game go extra innings, that cemented it," Scribner said. "I was watching the game and fell asleep in the 17th inning. I woke up to infomericals, but then saw the highlights."
Scribner was on the A's Opening Day roster and had a 4.26 ERA in eight relief appearances before he was optioned to Sacramento on April 20.
Straily was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and started against the Angels, allowing six runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
He was on the A's Opening Day roster and started the fifth game of the season, an 8-3 victory at Houston on April 5. Straily was optioned to Sacramento the next day when Bartolo Colón was reinstated from his suspension. Straily is 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in two starts with the A's this year.
Outfielders Coco Crisp and Chris Young and infielder Jed Lowrie were all out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
A's manager Bob Melvin indicated that Young (left quad strain) and Lowrie (stiff neck) would be available off the bench, while Crisp would get the day off.
"We'll be short off the bench and short in the bullpen," Melvin said. "But we'll have nine guys in the lineup and Jarrod Parker on the mound, and I feel good about that."
• Jed Lowrie set or tied a series of Oakland records on Monday night. His nine at-bats tied for most in a game, with Mike Heath the last to do so on July 1, 1979. He has 34 hits in April, an Oakland record, and 11 doubles, tied with Mark Ellis for the most in the month.
• Chris Young's pinch-hit triple on Monday was just the second successful pinch-hit of the season for the A's and stopped an 0-for-21 streak. The A's are 2-for-25 in such situations, an average of .080.
• The A's had 71 at-bats on Monday, the second most in Oakland history to 76 on June 4, 1971.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.