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Game #87: Red, White and Piscotty, A’s win 4-2!

San Diego Padres v Oakland Athletics
A’s Sweep the Padres Behind Stephen Piscotty’s 3 Doubles and 3 RBI’s
Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

It is a very happy 4th of July in Oakland this afternoon as the A’s beat the Padres 4-2.
Sean Manaea threw 7 innings of two run ball, Lou Trivino grabbed the win after pitching a scoreless 8th inning, Stephen Piscotty had 3 doubles and 3 RBI’s and Blake Treinen stranded two runners in the 9th to post Save #22 and lead A’s to the Independence Day victory!

***Today’s GameThread can be found here***

As has been the norm during the A’s hot streak over the last few weeks, they spotted the opposition a couple of runs in the early going. Manaea walked Padres clean-up hitter, Hunter Renfroe to open the top of the 2nd and Friars third basemen, Christian Villanueva made him pay, depositing an 0-1 pitch over the left center field wall to make it 2-0, San Diego. To Manaea (and the A’s defense’s) credit, that is all he and the bullpen (Buchter, Trivino and Treinen) would allow on the day, blanking the Padres through the next 7 innings.

Here is one of the A’s aforementioned defensive gems, courtesy of one recently activated Matt Chapman:

And for good measure, here is one another Chapman defensive highlight from today:

Manaea’s pitching line on the day would read, 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and a single strikeout. It wasn’t a dominating performance by any means as the Padres made solid contact throughout the game against the lefty known as “Baby Giraffe” but throughout Manae’s win streak he has managed to avoid the big inning or allow costly homeruns, keeping the Green and Gold in every game he has pitched, resulting in his 8 wins.

On the offense side of the baseball, the A’s were on the brink of busting the game wide open in several innings, but managed only single runs in the 2nd ( Stephen Piscotty RBI double drove in Matt Olson who had gotten aboard on a walk) and in the 3rd (Khris Davis RBI single with the bases loaded plated Josh Phegley) off Padres starter, Luis Perdomo. The game would remain locked in a tie at 2 until the A’s home half of the 8th inning.

In the bottom of the 8th, Jed Lowrie led off with a walk. And as every major league baseball announcer always reminds us, lead-off walks always come back to haunt pitchers. Khris Davis made sure this baseball-ism came true as he roped a 3-2 breaking ball to the wall, sending Lowrie to 3rd and him to second base. The Padres intentionally walked Matt Olson to load the bases and then Stephen Piscotty stepped up to the dish and crushed an opposite field double (his third of the game) to bring home Lowrie and Davis and give the A’s the 4-2 lead. Here’s a great shot by Kelly L. Cox of USA Today, capturing Piscotty’s swing on the game winning double...

MLB: San Diego Padres at Oakland Athletics Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A’s fans have felt really good about an A’s lead heading into the 9th inning this seaon and the reason is because of a guy from Kansas who quit baseball as a teenager due to prediabetes symptoms, but now as an adult has developed into the most dominanting closer in baseball. Treinen would shut down the Padres in the 9th to get the save and lower his season ERA to a video game type number (0.84 in 42 innings).

Treinen did make things a little interesting in the top of the 9th though giving up a pair of singles scattered between two strikeouts, but then with two on, two out, ahead by two and Travis Jankowski up to bat, Treinen threw one of his 98 mph bowling ball sinkers and got the groundball out he was looking for to close the door and give the A’s the series and season sweep of their interleague neighbors to the south.

With the victory today, the A’s move to a MLB best 14-3 since June 16th.

Tomorrow is a travel day with the A’s taking their hot steak back to the road beginning Friday in Cleveland.

With Stephen Piscotty carrying the A’s today, it seems appropriate to turn to another Stephen to close out this Game Recap. So as comedian and talk show host, Stephen Colbert once said, “It’s Fourth of July, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.”

Happy 4th A’s Nation, stay safe everyone, Go A’s!