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Game Thread #9: A's vs. Angels

The A's try to salvage game two after a disappointing and quiet game one loss.

Mark Canha sighting!
Mark Canha sighting!
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The A's are going to score 15 runs today. I'm sure of it.

After a sweep in which the bats were quiet and yet another weak performance at the hands of decent-but-not-that-good pitcher Nick Tropeano, it's time for the A's to bust loose.

Sure, the A's are up against another pitcher who typically dominates them even though he shouldn't. Hector Santiago is good, but like Nick Tropeano, not dominate-the-A's-level-good. And I can feel it. Tonight is the night the offense busts loose. It's a lefty on the hill, that'll get Valencia/Butler/Davis/Canha/Semien going and we'll all look back on tonight as the turning point for the A's offense.

For the A's, it's Kendall Graveman, The young righty clearly has the stuff to succeed, but does he have the stamina? Hopefully he can go more than the five or six innings he's put in, where he's been very good but worn down so many times in his young career.

I don't like losing to the Angels. Let's win this thing.

Today's Lineups

Yunel Escobar - 3B Billy Burns - CF
Daniel Nava - LF Josh Phegley - C
Mike Trout - CF Josh Reddick - RF
Albert Pujols - 1B Danny Valencia - 3B
Kole Calhoun - RF Billy Butler - DH
Andrelton Simmons - SS Khris Davis - LF
Ji-Man Choi - DH Jed Lowrie - 2B
Geovany Soto - C Mark Canha - 1B
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Marcus Semien - SS
Hector Santiago - LHP Kendall Graveman - RHP