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Game #86: Comeback A’s Do It Again

Oakland defeats San Diego 6-2.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Oakland Athletics Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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The A’s may have abandoned the familiar green and gold for the Fourth of July-themed red and blue, but they didn’t forsake their comeback ways. Despite being out-hit and falling behind by two runs, the A’s hung a crooked number in the sixth inning en route to a 6-2 victory.

Chris Bassitt got the ball for Oakland, fresh off picking up his first win since Brexit was a thing. Bassitt had something of an uneven day. The 29-year-old Toledo, Ohio native threw 88 pitches over 4.2 innings, walking three and allowing two earned runs. The damage could have been worse - he tight roped out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and allowed seven hits in his nearly-five innings, but his six strikeouts kept the A’s in the game.

The Friars did finally get to Bassitt in the fifth, both figuratively and literally. Following a pair of singles, Wil Myers doubled in San Diego’s only two runs of the night. Bassitt was allowed to continue, but the cleat wound he sustained two batters earlier forced him out prematurely.

But these days falling behind is simply par for the course, and while the A’s didn’t remedy the deficit in the fifth, they did in the sixth. A Marcus Semien single was sandwiched in between walks from Chad Pinder and Stephen Piscotty, and the A’s had the bases loaded with nobody out, with who but Jed Lowrie approaching the plate.

On a 2-2 pitch, with Jed batting right handed against San Diego’s southpaw starter Clayton Richard, Lowrie lined a ball to the left field wall plating all three runners. Jed finished the night 2-3 with that all-important double and a walk; it would be a terrible injustice if he doesn’t make the all-star team.

Jed’s heroics aside, the A’s weren’t done scoring in the sixth. In fact, Jed himself came around to score after Khris Davis singled. Mark Canha capped the inning with a solo-shot.

You don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask of that old lone ranger, and you don’t mess around with Mark on 0-2 with high cheese. Chad Pinder wanted in on this Jim Croce reference too, and so he capped the evening’s scoring with a solo blast of his own an inning later.

Despite taking a no-decision and not having his best stuff, Chris Bassitt turned in a professional effort and kept the A’s in the game. The bullpen allowed just two hits over 4.1 shutout innings, and the bats came alive in plenty of time to give the A’s a chance to sweep this short two-game set tomorrow afternoon.

That’s 13 of 16 folks, and eight games above .500. Perhaps more incredibly, the A’s are now a perfect 33-0 when leading after seven innings this season. Martin Gallegos noted over the weekend that he couldn’t think of a better eighth/ninth inning duo in baseball than Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen, and while the folks in the Bronx might vehemently disagree, the stats back him up. One final note from Martin:

So it was a good night all around. And you won’t have to wait but 15 hours for the series finale. The A’s are 3-0 against the Padres this season. Season sweep anyone? Season sw