Jon Lester takes the mound in the rubber game in this all-important penultimate series finale for the A's this afternoon, in what is the A's best chance to win, and what will be his last start before a potential lose-or-go-home one-shot Wild Card game. Hey, no pressure there.
He'll be facing off against Hector Santiago, yet another left-handed pitcher from the bevy of Angels left-handed starters. Which means, for no discermable reason, and no correlation, Jonny Gomes is batting fourth. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?!?!?!??! Also in the lineup: Norris, Freiman, and Lowrie. Luckily, so is last night's offensive hero, Josh Reddick.
Poor Lester. I'm really sorry in advance.
And also, the A's need to win this game.
Here's to a magic number of TWO!
Here are the full lineups:
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS||OAKLAND A'S|
|Kole Calhoun - RF||Coco Crisp - CF|
|Mike Trout - CF||Sam Fuld - LF|
|Albert Pujols - DH||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Jonny Gomes - DH|
|C.J. Cron - 1B||Derek Norris - C|
|Chris Iannetta - C||Nate Freiman - 1B|
|Gordon Beckham - SS||Jed Lowrie - SS|
|Collin Cowgill - LF||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Luis Jimenez - 3B||Nick Punto - 2B|
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!