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
After a Ryan Cook implosion, Josh Reddick did his best to get the A's back on top, with his 9th-inning home run to dead center off
Jairo Garcia Santiago Casilla. Distance: 409 feet (75.5 Altuves).
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
Seth Smith was the entirety of the offense, as a solo home run off Erasmo Ramirez in the second inning was all Oakland needed. Distance: 411 feet (75.9 Altuves).
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
Chris Carter hit his second home run the next day, this one coming in the second inning off Martin Perez. Distance: 377 feet (69.6 Altuves).
12: July 1, 3-1 win over Texas
The A's opened July in great fashion, as Brandon Moss homered in a victory. Moss took Yu Darvish deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning. Distance: 427 feet (78.8 Altuves).
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
It took just three pitches for Coco Crisp to continue Oakland's home run streak. Crisp hit a leadoff tater off Jon Lester that traveled 369 feet (68.1 Altuves).
15: July 4, 3-2 win over Boston
Brandon Moss broke a second-inning scoreless tie with a home run off Aaron Cook. Distance: 410 feet (75.7 Altuves).
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).