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Game Thread #38: Reds vs. A’s

Inter-league play from the Coliseum tonight as the A’s try to build off of last night’s historic performance

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics
Stephen Piscotty and the A’s are hoping to carry last night’s no-hitter momentum into tonight’s contest against the Reds
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7000 Coliseum Way is the Place to be Tonight!
The Oakland Coliseum site, home to a future tranquil park will be buzzing tonight with the A’s taking on the Reds in the second of three inter-league contests between the two teams and the Warriors facing off against the Rockets next door at Oracle.

Cross your fingers that all the lights work with all the excitement around the area tonight!!
Although A’s President, Dave Kaval, had a good suggestion after last night’s no-hitter from Mike Fiers...

I also loved this follow-up tweet from Kaval after last night’s ballgame:


Tonight’s Pitching Match-up
A’s: LH: Brett Anderson (4-2, 3.89 ERA, 7 starts, 37 innings, 22 strikeouts)
Reds: RH: Sonny Gray (0-4, 3.89 ERA, 7 starts, 34 innings, 38 strikeouts)
The A’s will face off against a familiar face tonight in Sonny Gray, the team’s former 1st round pick and fan favorite of the Green and Gold. Gray’s record doesn’t reflect his decent start to 2019. Anderson is fresh off an excellent performance against Pittsburgh last Friday (6 innings, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts). Look for the former teammates to rise to the occasion and give their teams quality starts tonight in what should be a pitcher’s duel.


Line-ups from Oakland (Good news “Krush” Davis is back in!)

This is Just Awesome:

Also this...Could this be a prophetic omen of Brett Anderson’s evening?

Has there ever been back-to-back no-hitters by a Major League Team?
According to my research, the answer is no. However in 1968, SF Giants pitcher, Gaylord Perry, no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 (against Bob Gibson!) and the next night, Ray Washburn no-hit the Giants while pitching for the Cardinals. According to Paul Mirengoff, “Coming right after Perry’s no-hitter, Washburn’s gem meant that back-to-back no-hitters had been pitched in the same ballpark for the first time in Major League history. There had been no-hitters on consecutive days in St. Louis between the Browns and the White Sox back in 1917, but the second of them occurred in the back-end of a double-header. So the no-hitters weren’t consecutive.”

Here is hoping tonight makes history!
Let’s go Brett Anderson! Let’s Go A’s! Let’s Go Warriors!