Documenting the Athletics – From Philadelphia, to Kansas City, to Oakland and Finally to Fremont
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It took 11 innings, but Oakland finally beat the Marlins 7-6 with a Suzuki walk-off double.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when the A’s scored three runs, and maintained the lead until the ninth when Florida’s Uggla homered to tie things up at 6-6. With a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the 11th, Suzuki’s double ended the heart-wrenching game.
It was a good day all-around for Suzuki, who had five RBIs including a two-run homer.
Well the Giants certainly kept things interesting. Although the team was swept by Oakland in the three-game series (5-1, 4-0, and 5-3), they didn’t allow Oakland to score more than five runs in any game, and struck first in two of the meetings. Unfortunately for the Giants, Oakland never allowed them to have more than a one-run lead at any time.
The Athletics just seemed to do everything right. The bats were swinging, and converting into runs. The pitchers (Greg Smith, Rich Harden, Dana Eveland, and Huston Street) were solid. The chemistry just flowed. The series was really marked by Eric Chavez, the third baseman who had been struggling in the past but came alive in the final game with several RBIs.
After scoring one run in the fourth inning, Oakland couldn’t catch a break against the Yankee pitching. Chien-Ming Wang lasted over seven full innings for his team, giving up just the lone run. His team, however, took the lead right from the start scoring two runs in the first and an insurance run in the ninth.
This weekend, the Oakland Athletics were ahead of their opponents, the Los Angeles Angels, for half an inning during the entire three game series, including the twelve-inning final game, which Oakland finally won. After scoring only four combined runs in the first two games, and tying the third game 3-3 Oakland was able to rally four runs in the bottom of the twelfth on Sunday. Oakland needs to start scoring early on, instead of relying on late surges. The team will host a three game series against the New York Yankees starting tomorrow.
The A’s were able to bounce back from last week’s many losses with two wins this week, but what does that mean? The team is still three and a half games back in the AL West, and playing the Tigers in the current series, you never know what could happen. And as the season progresses, what can we think about this team? I think answer will become a bit more clear in the next series, against the Los Angeles Angels.
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.
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.
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