In the last game before the All-Star break, Oakland came out a bit sluggish. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Manaea would allow back to back hits to Crawford and Hernandez, the later allowing Crawford to score and give San Francisco a 1-0 lead. The momentum would turn in the top of the 4th inning as Jed Lowrie walked with 1 out. Mark Canha would single to put 2 men on. Yet another single would score Lowrie, tying the game at 1. On a 0-1 pitch, Olson would drive in Canha on yet another single, giving Oakland a 2-1 lead. For a 4th consecutive batter, Chapman would single and drive in Piscotty. The final touch of the inning would be by Lucroy as his sacrifice fly would allow Olson to get hom safely as the throw was late. Altogether, Oakland scored 4 runs on 4 singles and a sac-fly in the 4th inning. In the top of the 6th inning, Piscotty would take a 2-2 slider to the seats, giving Oakland a 5-1 lead. San Francisco refused to go quietly as Chase d'arnaud would crush a 0-1 fastball into the centerfield bleachers. Making the score 5-2. The final touch for Oakland was added by Lucroy as he drove in Chapman after he doubled in the top of the 9th, making it 6-2 Oakland. Blake Treinen would be brought in to seal the victory. He would strike out the side but not get the save as the score was more than a 3 run lead. Oakland improves to 55-42. A very strong and impressive first half. Our next game is Friday at home vs San Francisco. Jed Lowrie and Blake Trienen will represent the Athletics in the All-Star Game in Washington.
AthleticsNationn's midseason awards:
MVP: Jed Lowrie
.497 slg %
Jed Lowrie is far-and-away the A's MVP at the midway point in my opinion. The things hes been able to do at age 34 are nothing short of spectacular. He leads the team in batting average, on-base %, slugging %, wRC+, ops, and WAR. Hes one of our two all-stars this year and he's carried the offense for much of the year. -
Who would you pick for MVP?
So, in addition to Bat Flips, it appears that the San Francisco Giants fan base doesn't like when opposing fans make noise or cheer for their teams. Last night, a group of fans of the hated ones complained about our drums in CF. The Giants organization quickly shut the complaints down 😂 (📷 - @cheerbabygirl410) #RootedInOakland 🌳🐘⚾ #BeatSF
The A's fill two needs here at a very cheap price. Lance Lynn's overall numbers look bad, but he's been much better in his last 10 starts, posting a 3.67 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 8.3 K/9, 0.7 HR/9, and a 55.1% GB-rate. He did sign late, so it took him a while to get it going, and that's probably the reason why he struggled early on. Walks have been an issue all year, but overall, he's been much better lately. This is a guy who's had experience being in the playoff race and has experience in the playoffs, so he'd be a big help to the A's. The A's need another lefty reliever, and Zach Duke has had a great year in Minnesota. This year, Duke has posted a 3.38 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 9.35 K/9, 0 HR/9, and a .236 OPP AVG against lefties. He'd really solidify the bullpen and would allow the A's to stop overworking all the current relievers. Both are rentals and the A's are taking on quite a bit of money in this deal, so the prospect price wouldn't be too high. James Naile is a fringe prospect who mostly just profiles as a future depth piece or a long reliever. Dairon Blanco is a toolsy outfield prospect who's had a good year at the plate in A+. He's fast and has good outfield defense, but he has little-to-no power, so his future is likely as a 4th outfielder. Is this trade fair? Would you do this trade if you were the A's or Twins? #LetsGoOakland#RootedInOakland
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It was only appropriate that the A's capped their fruitful first half with a win Sunday.
The #AmericanLeague#WildCard contenders put together a four-run fourth inning that fueled a 6-2 victory over the Giants behind @seanmanaea taking two of three at AT&T Park.
The A's spent the majority of #April and #May straddling .500, much like outsiders expected of them, before swiftly flipping the narrative with a remarkable push. They've won 21 of their last 27 games to move a season-high 13 games over .500, at 55-42, and are within three games of a Wild Card spot after the Mariners were #swept in #Colorado on #Sunday
Their #patchwork rotation has managed to keep up throughout, stabilized by the man who scripted one of the club's most memorable moments of the first half. Manaea, who twirled a no-hitter against the Red Sox on April 21, delivered six strong innings Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits -- including a solo homer by Chase d'Arnaud -- to bring his ERA to 3.42 ahead of the break.
Manaea trailed, 1-0, before the A's picked him up with a barrage of base hits in the fourth, stringing together four in a row against Giants lefty Andrew Suarez following a one-out walk to Jed Lowrie. Mark Canha, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson and Matt Chapman formed the conga line, with Jonathan Lucroy capping the frame with a sacrifice fly.
Piscotty drove in his second run of the day with a solo homer in the sixth, his 12th of the season, and relievers Ryan Buchter, Lou Trivino and #AllStar closer #BlakeTreinen teamed up for three #scoreless innings to help the A's #secure another series #victory - They haven't lost any of their last nine. #rootedinoakland#eastbay#greencollarbaseball#oakland#itspiscottynotbiscotty 🤪
Today the A’s finished off the first half of the season with a great all-around victory in San Francisco, beating the Giants by a score of 6-2. The Athletics went the first three innings without a base hit, but put up a crooked number in the fourth with four runs, three hits and a walk. Sean Manaea had a solid outing on the mound, yielding just two runs on five hits and a walk over six frames. Oakland collected ten hits on the day, as Stephen Piscotty led the way with two knocks, a homer and two runs batted in. Matt Chapman also had two hits and an RBI, while Matt Olson and Jonathan Lucroy contributed with RBI singles. Overall it was a great win for the Athletics, as they capped off an incredible first half of the year by taking two out of three games against their crosstown rival. The A’s now trail Seattle by just three games in the Wild Card race, as they stand thirteen games over .500 (55-42) with a 21-6 record over their past 27 games. Oakland will now get a few days off with the All-Star Break coming up, as they’ll host the Giants for three games at the Coliseum next Friday.