OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 16: Tyson Ross #66 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of an interleague game at O.co Coliseum on June 16, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Well, apparently the A's offense works in comebacks, too. Leading almost the whole game, the A's went down to the Padres briefly in the 7th, before rallying with the help of a huge 7-0-7 homerun to take back the lead, and eventually win the game. Jonny Gomes' first pinch-hit hit in 34 at-bats was the difference in the game. The A's had only seven hits in the game, but they made them count; striking for six runs and winning the series. They will go for the sweep tomorrow.
The A's steadily build a lead against Ross Ohlendorf, scoring two in the fourth on a Seth Smith homerun, a Moss double, and a Cowgill single. They would build the lead to 3-0 after a Pennington single and a Weeks double. Tyson Ross started the game for the A's and didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning. Unfortunately, he walked four batters; one before the hit, which, of course, was a homerun, closing the gap to 3-2.
The Padres would briefly take the lead in the seventh on a two-run double off Sean Doolittle, but the A's would fight right back. Pennington walked to open the inning, and after Crisp lined out, Weeks singled. Reddick grounded out, but moved the runner to third, bringing up pinch-hitter, Jonny Gomes. During Gomes' at-bat, heads-up baserunning by Pennington (almost as if he saw it coming) brought the tying run home on a wild pitch, and Gomes absolutely murdered the 3-1 pitch to give the A's a two-run lead.
Ryan Cook channeled Mariano Rivera, striking out two of the three batters he faced to nail down the win for the A's. It was a great win, in front of a good crowd, and the A's have won 5 in a row. Don't look now, but they are creeping a bit closer to .500.
We do it again tomorrow; same time, same place.