It's true that in a long 162-game season, you'll win some and you'll lose some, but you sure hate to lose a game in which Scott Kazmir held the opposition to fewer than three runs (and shouldn't even have allowed two), and in which the A's offense basically squandered every chance they had to score, and to top it all off, the Angels lost a very rare two games in succession, so there was a missed opportunity to grab another game in the West. The A's know that the Division is the key to the playoffs; the Wild Cards are not an option. But today is another day, and there is no time to dwell; the A's offense has to get right back to work tonight.
The A's were very successful against Brad Peacock in his last start; he didn't make it out of the first. They will hope for some run support for Chavez tonight. They will start the other two catchers as Norris sits while Jaso and Vogt will play. Sogard will man second base and Josh Reddick is in the lineup again.
It's root beer float night, so grab your glasses and pretend you are at the ballpark!
Here are your full lineups:
|HOUSTON ASTROS||OAKLAND A'S|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Coco Crisp - CF|
|Jason Castro - C||John Jaso - C|
|Chris Carter - DH||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|Marc Krauss - LF||Brandon Moss - 1B|
|Jonathan Singleton - 1B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Matt Dominguez - 3B||Stephen Vogt - DH|
|Robbie Grossman - RF||Jed Lowrie - SS|
|Enrique Hernandez - CF||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Marwin Gonzalez - SS||Eric Sogard - 2B|
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!