Happy Wednesday, Athletics Nation!
The A’s celebrated the Fourth of July with a fourth of their own. Yesterday’s exciting extra innings win in Detroit marked the A’s fourth straight win in series opening games. The “streak” began on June 23 against the Blue Jays and has continued against the Yankees, White Sox, and Tigers.
Unfortunately, the A’s lost the second and third games in the first two of these four three-game series: only against the White Sox last weekend were the A’s able to take a series with a game two victory. And lest we forget, all of this has happened in the wake of a brutal eight game losing streak. But a many of those games were close, and generally, the A’s seem to be more competitive than they were through the utterly dismal months of April and May.
Today, the A’s have an opportunity to clinch a second straight series win today with a struggling-of-late Ken Waldichuk on the mound against the Tigers’ Eduardo Rodriguez, who has posted an impressive 2.13 ERA through 11 starts this season.
Waldo’s last two “starts” were actually opening gigs. Apparently, he’s headlining on the mound today, potentially behind another opening act.
Ken Waldichuk is listed as tomorrow’s starter for the A’s. Kotsay said he may follow an opener but is expected to pitch the bulk of the game.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 4, 2023
It would be great to see Waldichuk take inspiration from the gem spun by teammate JP Sears yesterday, get back in the saddle, and take command to give the A’s a chance to win. I’d guess the A’s will also need more than two hits to prevail today. Let’s go, Oakland!
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- McDonald: Blue Jays To Recall Alek Manoah For Friday Start
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- McDonald: Angels Place Mike Trout On IL With Hamate Fracture
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
Remembering Rickey’s Independence Day slam.
#OTD in 1991, Rickey Henderson hit his first career grand slam to score all four runs that the Oakland A’s would put up against the Texas Rangers. Terry Steinbach, Mike Gallego, and Jamie Quirk would score along with Rickey. #Athletics #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/LrxSGisCmj— Uprooted (@uprootedoakland) July 4, 2023
Let’s see if Nick can hang onto a big league spot this time up.
Happy Independence from shitty infield defense to the Oakland A’s. pic.twitter.com/EsIpah5j65— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) July 4, 2023
Perez celebrates with an inside-the-parker.