The A's got off to a solid start on their seven-game home stand by sweeping the Texas Rangers in a three-game series, which was highlighted by a three-homer night for Khris Davis -- who somehow magically hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth last Tuesday, and became the first player since Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto capped a three-homer game with a walk-off grand salami against the Washington Nationals on May 13, 2012.
I'd be lying if I said I hadn't watched this video a
billion trillion times, but watching this sure eases the pain of the Bronx Bombers feasting on the A's pitching staff while Sonny Gray and Josh Reddick hit the 15-day disabled list... and we begin to question whether or not the A's chances of contending in 2016 is possible, or nothing more than a mirage.
I'm going to keep my fingers crossed and hope the green and gold can turn things around! But it will be a tough task going up against a scorching Mariners squad who possess a 13-6 record in their last 19 games, with a .272 team batting average, along with 27 round trippers -- while averaging 5.3 runs per contest.
If anyone can halt Oakland's four-game skid, I'm glad Rich Hill is taking the mound for the A's tonight; as I'm sure everyone else is (especially prior to the season). Instead of focusing on the prior series, lets focus on tonight and appreciate the fact that Taijuan Walker has an 0-1 record with a 6.45 ERA in five career games against the Athletics.
Without further ado, here are tonight's starting lineups:
|OAKLAND A'S||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Coco Crisp - LF||Leonys Martin - CF|
|Billy Burns - CF||Franklin Gutierrez - RF|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Khris Davis - DH||Dae-Ho Lee - 1B|
|Yonder Alonso - 1B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Marcus Semien - SS||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Chris Coghlan - 2B||Norichika Aoki - LF|
|Jake Smolinski - RF||Chris Taylor - SS|
|Rich Hill - LHP||Taijuan Walker - RHP|
Now, lets PLAY BALL!!!!!!