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Game Thread #49: Oakland A’s at Colorado Rockies

From coastal smoke up to the mountains

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San Diego Padres v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s are on to their third city in three days, after leaving Arlington Sunday, going to Seattle for a smoky doubleheader Monday, and now arriving in Colorado for a pair against the Rockies starting Tuesday.

The green and gold will be looking for payback after dropping both meetings against the Rockies at the Coliseum in July. They’ll face a familiar opponent in the opener, pitcher Antonio Senzatela, who beat them earlier this summer thanks to five solid innings of work. He doesn’t rack up strikeouts but he also doesn’t hand out a lot of walks, and he’s been effective at preventing runs this year.

Oakland counters with Sean Manaea, who is doing his best pitching in years. Last time out he breezed through seven innings against the Astros using just 61 pitches, and he’s allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last four starts. The lefty has finally rediscovered some of the velocity and movement on his fastball, and he seems to be getting better with every appearance he makes.

The A’s lineup is in a bit of flux after a trio of injuries to Matt Chapman, Chad Pinder, and Stephen Piscotty, but to help offset that they’ve also got a new face in Jake Lamb. The former D’Back made his debut for the team last night and homered and doubled, offering an encouraging first data point as he attempts to bounce back from a three-year slump. As for third base, it’s Tommy La Stella today, with Tony Kemp covering second base.

First pitch is 5:40 p.m., with the following options to watch or listen:

  • TV: NBC Sports California
  • Radio: 960 AM
  • Online video stream: fuboTV
  • Online audio stream: iHeartRadio

A’s lineup (away)

  1. 3B Tommy La Stella (L)
  2. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  3. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. RF Mark Canha (R)
  6. DH Jake Lamb (L)
  7. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  8. C Jonah Heim (S)
  9. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  • Sean Manaea, LHP

Pretty much the same as last night’s second game, but with Kemp back in there instead of Vimael Machin. Can Lamb go big again?

Rockies lineup (home)

  1. LF Raimel Tapia (L)
  2. SS Trevor Story (R)
  3. RF Charlie Blackmon (L)
  4. 3B Nolan Arenado (R)
  5. CF Kevin Pillar (R)
  6. DH Matt Kemp (R)
  7. 1B Josh Fuentes (R)
  8. C Elias Diaz (R)
  9. 2B Garrett Hampson (R)
  • Antonio Senzatela, RHP

Since we last saw them, they’ve added Pillar in center field.

Let’s Go Oakland!