July 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Chris Carter (22) celebrates with teammates at home plate after hitting a walk off home run to beat the Seattle Mariners at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
A lot of people are focused on the big number the A's reached last night — .500 — but I'm also pretty impressed that the offensively challenged ballclub has hit a home run in 16 consecutive games.
How did it all happen? Let's take a look.
1: June 20, 4-1 win over Los Angeles
2: June 21, 4-1 win over Los Angeles
3: June 22, 5-4 loss to San Francisco
4: June 23, 9-8 loss to San Francisco
Another epic comeback that fell short. Josh Reddick took Madison Bumgarner deep in the first inning for a 389-foot shot that found the RF stairs. Distance: 389 feet (71.8 Altuves).* In the third inning, Jonny Gomes hit a 408-foot (75.3 Altuves) homer off Bumgarner to give the A's a 4-2 lead.
*Have you noticed that I kind of love this new measurement?
5: June 24, 4-2 win over San Francisco
The second walkoff in less than a week, this one by rookie catcher Derek Norris. Facing Casilla, the bearded Norris hit a 3-2, 2-out pitch 395 feet (72.9 Altuves) deep into the left field bleachers to prevent a sweep by the hated Giants.
6: June 25, 1-0 win over Seattle
7: June 26, 3-2 loss to Seattle
Yoenis Cespedes' eighth home run of the year, off Jason Vargas in the seventh inning. Distance: 415 feet (76.6 Altuves).
8: June 27, 2-1 win over Seattle
Two solo home runs powered the A's to victory: Coco Crisp's leadoff homer off Kevin Millwood (372 feet, 68.7 Altuves) and Yoenis Cespedes' left-center shot off Hisashi Iwakuma in the seventh inning. Distance: (417 feet, ~77 Altuves).
9: June 28, 7-6 loss to Texas
The A's hit three home runs, but fell just short in another one-run loss. All three were hit off Rangers starter Scott Feldman. Josh Reddick in the first inning (405 feet, 74.8 Altuves). Derek Norris in the third inning (403 feet, 74.4 Altuves). Cliff Pennington in the third inning (340 feet, 62.8 Altuves).
10: June 29, 4-3 loss to Texas
Chris Carter's first home run of the season came in the ninth inning off Tanner Scheppers (who sounds more like a character in children's book than a baseball player). Distance: 374 feet (~69 Altuves).
11: June 30, 7-2 loss to Texas
12: July 1, 3-1 win over Texas
13: July 2, 6-1 win over Boston
Facing Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Reddick tied the score at 1 in the first inning with a 366 foot (67.6 Altuves) home run. In the next inning, Brandon Moss belted a three-run blast off Matsuzaka that went 385 feet (71.1 Altuves).
14: July 3, 3-2 win over Boston
15: July 4, 3-2 win over Boston
16: July 6, 4-1 win over Seattle
Boom. Chris Carter needed one run. He got three. According to A's historian David Feldman, this was the first extra-innings pinch-hit walk-off home run in Oakland history. The last came in 1950. Carter's distance, off Steve Delabar: 416 feet (76.8 Altuves).
Who has the best chance of extending the streak tonight?
Yoenis Cespedes (68 votes)
Brandon Moss (19 votes)
Josh Reddick (84 votes)
Chris Carter (32 votes)
Derek Norris (7 votes)
Seth Smith (4 votes)
Coco Crisp (1 vote)
Other (comment) (11 votes)
226 total votes