Documenting the Athletics – From Philadelphia, to Kansas City, to Oakland and Finally to Fremont
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In the last two games, Oakland has scored four runs. It was fine on Tuesday, when they took the lead in the first and never looked back in the 3-1 win. But on Wednesday, one run just wasn’t enough in their 1-2 loss. Althought the score remained tied for most of the game, Toronto was able to score in the ninth inning to take the lead. It’s not the hitting, necessarily. Oakland had fifteen hits in the two games, but an inabilty to convert those to runs. We’ll see what happens tomorrow in the final
After beating Tampa 9-1 to avoid a sweep, the Athletics have gained momentum by crushing the Red Sox in their last two games, 8-3 and 3-0. In the latter game, Duchersher went five perfect innings, and his relief only allowed one hit in the game. Things seem to be falling into place and the team is working together, as Ryan Sweeney homered in the same game. The team has a chance to sweep Boston in the last game of the series today.
After losing the last three games, the Oakland Athletics finally fell in sync. Everything was there. Jack Cust homered twice in the 9-1 victory and pitcher Dana Eveland allowed just three hits in the first game of his career. That’s right, he lasted nine innings. All Rays Manager Joe Maddon could say is “We couldn’t do anything against them.”
10 Runs Scored
The A’s have certainly been struggling. And judging by the fact that the team has allowed opponants to score no more than four runs in a game all week, I think it’s fair to blame the hitting. Here’s where things get complicated. In all six games, the A’s have had about the same amount of hits as the other team. It’s just a matter of converting those hits into runs. The team starts a three game series tonight against the Devil Rays, and they should be able to turn this around.
Greg Smith gave up four runs in six innings. Not great, but not terrible either. With a little help from the batters, the game might have been won. However, that help never came. The team’s four singles scattered throughout the game somehow just didn’t produce any runs. The teams face each other again tonight at 8:05 ET. The A’s need to get the bats going and break Texas’s shutout streak.
Poor Baltimore. The A’s have been perfect so far this week, including their three-game sweep of the Orioles. I’m not saying it wasn’t close. Oakland won two in the final innings, one being a walk-off homer by Mark Ellis. But in the end, Oakland was able to pull out a victory. Over and over and over again.
The pitching staff also did their part. The team gave up a total of eight runs in the series while Devine, Duscherer, and Braden all picked up wins.
After a much deserved day off, the team will play at Texas on Friday to open a three-game series. Hopefully, they can keep their streak alive.
The A’s are holding their own. The traditionally good team needs to bounce back from last year’s losing season, and so far, they’ve been doing well. With a win last night in Los Angeles, the team is now tied with the Angels for first place in their division.
And it wasn’t just any win; it was a beating. Oakland scored fifteen runs on TWENTY hits in the 15-8 victory. If anything, this game was a statement to Oakland’s main competition saying that they are a serious force this season. The stand-out player for Oakland were Jack Cust who went 4-for-4 in the attack on LA’s bullpen. The starter, Nick Adenhart, only lasted two full innings, and gave up four runs before being pulled.
The A’s play tonight in a three game series at home against Texas, and hopefully, they will be able to carry the same fervor into tonight’s game.
The last three games have been big for the A’s. The four-game series with the LA Angels is a huge opportunity to make or break the season thus far. Unfortunately, so far the team has lost two of three games, and is a full game behind. A win tonight would tie the teams’ records, and they would share the top spot of the AL West. Tonight, Oakland’s pitcher Ducherscherer faces LA’s Adenhart in a very important game.
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