The Oakland A’s had lost six of their last seven games against the Colorado Rockies dating back to 2018, but they got the season series off to a better start this year.
The A’s scored early and often in a 9-5 victory at Coors Field, using a balanced attack of power, patience, and plenty of hits with runners in scoring position.
Oakland wasted no time getting on the board. Just three batters into the game, Matt Olson lofted an RBI double into the stadium’s vast left-center field.
In the 2nd, Sean Murphy homered.
And then in the 3rd they broke the game open. Mark Canha started it off with a solo homer, then a string of single, walk, single, single, sac fly resulted in three more runs.
The Rockies got a few back to narrow the score to 6-3, but the A’s went on the offensive again in the 6th. A pair of singles led off the frame and then a double play appeared to deflate the rally, but Canha came through with a double to plate the remaining runner from third. He finished the evening 2-for-2 with a homer, double, two walks, two RBI, and two runs scored, all while playing a quality center field on defense.
They kept going. In the 7th it was consecutive doubles by Jed Lowrie and Murphy, and in the 8th it was a pair of walks and a Tony Kemp double.
Every A’s starter got on base at least once, and they totaled 12 hits and six walks, with seven of the hits going for extra bases. Six different players drove in runs, and together they went 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position plus a sac fly. In addition to Canha’s big game, Murphy also had three hits and three RBI.
That’s a nice day at the plate.
Pitching holds up
Oakland won the game comfortably, but they didn’t run away with it despite scoring nine runs.
Starter Frankie Montas allowed a lot of hard contact but navigated through it, and was able to preserve the early lead he was handed. However, he only completed five innings, at least partly because he was lifted for a pinch-hitter during a big spot in the top of the 6th. Even without those NL rules forcing the issue, though, it might have made sense to go to the bullpen early tonight.
- Montas: 5 ip, 3 runs, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 6 hits, 69 pitches, 93.6 mph EV
First out of the pen was Burch Smith, who pitched one clean inning but then got knocked around in the 7th. Yusmeiro Petit took it through the end of the 8th, and Jake Diekman put a pair of runners on in the 9th but induced a double play to end it.
Rocky Mountain High
The A’s didn’t dominate this game, but they maintained control throughout. They took an early lead, and then every time the Rockies started to chip away, Oakland piled on more insurance so that it never got too close — twice Colorado inched within three runs, and both times the A’s pulled away again. Good teams put away their opponent when they have the chance, and that’s what we saw tonight.
That’s three excellent games in a row. Ride the wave!