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Game Thread #115: A’s at Indians

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Sweep?

MLB: JUL 30 Athletics at Angels Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Oakland A’s have won six games in a row! That includes the first two of their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field this week, which means they have a chance for a sweep if they can earn another victory Thursday in the finale.

They’ll put their best foot forward in that pursuit, with ace starter Chris Bassitt on the mound. The All-Star has thrown seven strong innings in six of his past eight appearances, and one of those quality efforts came against Cleveland in mid-July. He allowed three runs that day, including homers by Bradley Zimmer (in the lineup today) and Daniel Johnson (in the minors now), but took a tough-luck loss despite eight strikeouts and no walks.

Indians rookie starter Eli Morgan also has recent experience against his opponent, having faced the A’s in that same mid-July series. Oakland scored three off him in five innings, including a dinger by Mitch Moreland, an RBI double and a single by Matt Olson, an RBI single by Jed Lowrie, and two hits by Elvis Andrus. This will be Morgan’s 10th career start in the majors.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. LF Mark Canha (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  5. 2B Josh Harrison (R)
  6. C Sean Murphy (R)
  7. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  8. RF Seth Brown (L)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • RHP Chris Bassitt

Lowrie gets the day game off, but remember you can still drive in the winning run off the bench.

Indians lineup (home)

  1. CF Myles Straw (R)
  2. SS Amed Rosario (R)
  3. 3B Jose Ramirez (S)
  4. DH Franmil Reyes (R)
  5. C Wilson Ramos (R)
  6. RF Bradley Zimmer (L)
  7. LF Oscar Mercado (R)
  8. 1B Owen Miller (R)
  9. 2B Andres Gimenez (L)
  • RHP Eli Morgan

Let’s go Oakland!

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