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Game #73: A’s beat Padres 4-2 thanks to late-game heroics, move above .500

Stephen Piscotty left way too many runners on base early in the game, but more than made up for it in the 9th inning.

Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Despite numerous opportunities, the A’s only run through the first eight innings Tuesday night came by way of grounding into a double-play – and that’s pretty much all you need to know about that part of the game.

In the case the you do want the few additional details you probably came here for:

  • Blackburn’s final line was 5.0 innings, 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts.
  • Eric Lauer’s was 6.0 innings, 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.
  • The A’s went 1-for-6 with RISP through the first 8 innings.

***Click here to revisit tonight’s game thread***

So, cue the top of the ninth, Padres leading 2-1.

Brad Hand took to the mound for the Padres (2.25 ERA, 36.3% K-rate). Matt Olson grounded out and Mark Canha struck out. Stephen Piscotty stepped up to the plate, and worked the count to 2-2.

Down to his final strike, he belted one way out of the of the park to tie the game.

Piscotty is now 5-for-7 lifetime against Hand. It can easily be argued that it was Piscotty’s fault the A’s were losing for most of the game. Though he did get the sole pre-9th inning RBI, it came from grounding into a double-play with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning. He also grounded out with one on in the 4th, and struck out with two on in the 7th – so not ideal.

But clearly, all is forgiven.

Piscotty’s homer sealed the A’s streak of homering in 20 consecutive games on the road. Additionally, it was the team’s 36th run in 9th inning this season; but interestingly, it was only the second game including Sunday won after trailing going into the 9th.

It’s worth noting here that out of the 37,485 reportedly in attendance, a decent number were A’s fans:

Good stuff.

The miracle that is Lou Trivino pitched a perfect 8th then 9th inning to hold the tie. Semien contributed an impressive catch to the cause:

The Padres’ Adam Cimber took the mound in the top of the 10th. Despite Cimber being right-handed, Jake Smolinski pinch-hit, and popped out on the second pitch. Marcus Semien followed with a single, and Chad Pinder flied out. Semien then stole second, which wouldn’t matter seeing as Jed Lowrie hammered a homer to right field shortly after.

Seriously: where would we be without Jed Lowrie (who also adequately filled in for Chapman at third base)?

Blake Treinen came in to pitch the 10th. He shut down Matt Szczur and Travis Jankowski to start the inning, then gave up a single to Cory Spangenberg. However, he struck out Eric Hosmer (anyone else forget he’s a Padre?) to end the game.

FINAL SCORE: A’s 4, Padres 2

The A’s are now back above .500 (37-36), and will aim to build on their momentum Wednesday afternoon.