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Fatrolf looks back at last week of June

Oakland A’s Torment Turbulent Tigers, Slip Short of Second Straight Sweep

I think I’ve done one or two weekly wrap-ups that have not been consecutive, so ... why not a third?! It’s been a wild week in Oakland A’s baseball. A lot of good, book-ended by two lopsided losses — which weren’t as terrible as some losses earlier in the season! So in general, things were up for the green and gold as we spurt on into July, creeping closer to the ASG break.

You win some, you lose some. Monday saw Ryan Buchter’s first appearance since he was placed on the DL, while Daniel Mengden (sprained right foot) was officially placed on the 10-day DL Wednesday, retroactive to June 24. Slowly, but surely, Matt Chapman made progress towards recovery throughout the week.

Tuesday’s Athletics and Tigers matchup of Montas and Hardy seemed right away like it was about to be as dismal as Sunday. The Tigers jumped for the jugular and clawed six runs out of Montas before Hatcher came in to the rescue. The A’s punched right back, fighting their way tooth and nail to a nail-biter of a comeback. Not only that, but homers from Pinder and Lowrie kept the road dinger streak alive and well at 27. Final score: Athletics 9, Tigers 7.

Wednesday proved to be the end of the homer streak, which had set a new major league record on Sunday against the White Sox. The lack of dingers on Wednesday’s matchup did not stop the fun as the A’s trounced the troubled Tigers holding them to only three hits to their name.

In the bottom of the third, Piscotty made a flying catch into the outfield wall, crashing, but inexplicably holding on to the ball. In possibly more shocking terms … he was okay! Perhaps this non-injury is a sign the A’s are up to something different this year. Final score: Athletics 3, Tigers 0.

After ten games in a row on the road and a clean sweep of the struggling Tigers, the Athletics finally got to go back home to host the owners of the top spot in the AL Central.

On Friday night, the Cleveland Indians pitted top hurler, Trevor Bauer (you know, the guy who cut his finger on a drone in the 2016 postseason?) facing off against Paul Blackburn, the holder of our sole loss in the previous six games. Pauly would not be deterred, taking the one-run lead the offense gave him and straight up out-pitched Bauer, leading the A’s to their fifth win in a row. Final score, Athletics 3, Cleveland 1.

The A’s used up all their runs on their 7-2 win over Cleveland on Saturday, forgetting they needed to use some on Sunday, too. Their winning streak stopped at six with a 15-3 messy loss that would not end. It’s okay, the A’s seem to be enjoying pulling exciting comebacks this season, so onto next week we go!