WINNING STREAK! The A’s won yesterday’s game and they also won today’s, beating the Rockies by the final score of 5-2 at home for their second win of the early Spring season.
Most importantly, A.J. Puk pitched two scoreless innings today, allowing just two hits. He struck out one in his outing. He was followed by Liam Hendriks, who allowed one run in his inning. Chris Bassitt pitched two scoreless with just a single hit allowed, Burch Smith, a scoreless inning, Parker Dunshee, of the low-velocity, struggled the most today, allowing the other Rockies’ run in his single inning, along with three hits (one of them the home run). Zach Lee pitched a near-perfect last two innings and was awarded the win.
Chad Pinder got the A’s on the board with a solo home run in the second inning and they rallied again in the third thanks to a Jorge Mateo walk, an Austin Allen single and a Marcus Semien sacrifice fly. Pinder also singled in the fifth, after Khris Davis was hit by a pitch and that made everyone mad (everyone = me).
With the A’s up 2-0, the Rockies cut it to 2-1 and then tied the game in the seventh, but not for long, because the A’s broke out in the eighth thanks to a single by Ryan Goins, a wild pitch, a single by Eric Campbell and a double by Seth Brown, who was pitch-hitting in the inning for Barreto. (If you’re keeping an eye on the Franklin Barreto news, he struck out in his at-bat in the sixth.) Collin Theroux singled in the A’s fourth run and a sacrifice fly by Luis Barrera made it 5-0, the final score.
The A’s close the work week with another game tomorrow, on the road against the Reds, where Mike Fiers will be making another start.
LET’S GO OAK-LAND!