The win streak is up to 13, and the wave continues.
The Oakland A’s notched another victory on Saturday, this time 7-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. The pitching was sharp, the lineup scored early and often, and the game generally looked like a contender beating up on a rebuilding squad.
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The A’s got to work immediately against Baltimore starter Wade LeBlanc, with the very first batter Mark Canha launching a double to lead off the 1st inning. Next up was Jed Lowrie, who stung the ball to right field but found a glove for a loud out instead of an RBI. Then the Baseball Gods immediately gave it back to Oakland, on this popup “single” by Matt Olson.
Oly puts us on the ~board~ first ♂️#RiseAndGrind pic.twitter.com/nS5uAlHag6— Oakland A's (@Athletics) April 24, 2021
Another rally formed in the 2nd inning, with two runners on for Canha. He drove them both in with a sharp single, the team’s second-hardest contact of the evening at 105.8 mph off the bat.
.@outtadapakmark can't be stopped pic.twitter.com/qJ1Rxxu1dF— Oakland A's (@Athletics) April 24, 2021
Olson followed with a double to bring home Canha, and it nearly carried over the LF wall for a homer. The A’s had a 4-0 lead, and they never looked back.
The Orioles got one back in the bottom of the 2nd, but the green-and-gold kept adding in the 4th. The first two batters reached base, including a HBP of Canha that brings his career total one away from Oakland’s all-time lead. Then Lowrie, who had already been robbed in each of his first two at-bats, finally hit one where nobody could catch it.
CLEAR 'EM, JED! pic.twitter.com/YLpr8V4fbq— Oakland A's (@Athletics) April 25, 2021
Seven runs, nine hits, five walks, and a HBP. This A’s lineup is locked in, and there’s nothing Baltimore could do to stop them tonight.
On the pitching side, Chris Bassitt made his second straight quality start. The right-hander didn’t dominate, navigating around a few rallies, but he made it through six innings with only two runs on the board. And even one of those runs was a bit lucky, as a sharp grounder bounced off the bag at first base when it might possibly have been fielded, resulting in an RBI double.
- Bassitt: 6 ip, 2 runs, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 8 hits, 101 pitches, 90.5 mph EV
There were a half-dozen pieces of hard contact, most of which went for the hits they deserved, but nothing for more than a double. And striking out eight of your 26 batters will help mitigate those hits.
The bullpen breezed through the rest. Adam Kolarek got four weak grounders for outs, one of them a bunt, and J.B. Wendelken got two more. Deolis Guerra stranded a couple hits in the 9th to end it, dropping his ERA to 1.23 this year.
And that’s a wrap. No late dramatics, which is a good thing when you take an early lead. Just a solid win all around, a business-like 13th addition to the win streak. Ride the wave!
The A’s streak just became a man #mazeltov pic.twitter.com/Hzi2tJcOwZ— Amelia Schimmel (@SchimmelAmelia) April 25, 2021