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GameThread #13: A’s at Dodgers

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies
Mengden grabs a bat tonight in hopes of sparking A’s Offense
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

What a beautiful evening for some interleague baseball! The A’s travel up the 101 Fwy, exit Echo Park Ave, wind past Sunset and Vin Scully Dr. and enter into Chavez Ravine to play the second game of the 2 game series. On the hill for the A’s is righthander, Daniel Mengden (0-2, 6.55 ERA) and opposing him for the Dodgers is lefthander, Alex Wood (0-1, 1.93 ERA).
Mengden and Wood have very similar backgrounds. Both played at the alma maters of their Dad’s (Mengden -Texas A & M; Wood - Georgia). Both had serious injuries in college (Mengden - Back; Wood - TJ Surgery). Both were drafted by their favorite childhood teams (Mengden - Astros; Wood - Braves) and both were traded from those teams to their current posts.

Wood’s has more experience (and more success) in the big leagues, being named to the N.L, All-Star team last season. But Mengden has the edge in the hitting competition, batting a cool .500 last season. Okay it was only in 2 plate appearances, but a hit is a hit and A’s Nation knows the boys in Green and Gold could sure use some hits tonight after being shutout yesterday and almost no-hit on Sunday.

Here is tonight’s line-up (1st pitch is at 7:10pm pst):

Today's Lineups

Marcus Semien - SS Chris Taylor - CF
Mark Canha - 1B Joc Pederson - LF
Jed Lowrie - 2B Corey Seager - SS
Khris Davis - LF Matt Kemp - RF
Matt Chapman - 3B Cody Bellinger - 1B
Stephen Piscotty - RF Yasmani Grandal - C
Jonathan Lucroy - C Chase Utley - 2B
Trayce Thompson - CF Logan Forsythe - 3B
Daniel Mengden - RHP Alex Wood - LHP

I have a good feeling about tonight’s contest....A’s bats are due!!
Let’s win one for Eck!!!