Game 8: A big win

It’s easy to overreact to wins and losses in a 60-game season; however the manner of the A’s 3-2 victory on Saturday makes it feel important.

It was another night-game in Seattle, so another case of watching back the game in the British morning for me, and as the A’s played out the middle innings it felt like Groundhog Day.

Innings four and five both ended with the A’s grounding into a double-play, the hope created by two base-runners in the sixth was extinguished by two strike-outs and Matt Chapman grounding out to leave them stranded.

Thankfully, some Pinder Power came to the rescue in the seventh inning: a two-out, two-run shot to level the game and to finally give us some joy with a runner in scoring position.

Joakim Soria walked a tight-rope in the bottom of the ninth, yet he managed to escape the trouble to set up some extra-inning baseball. Robbie Grossman came through as a pinch-hitter to let pinch-runner Tony Kemp scamper home and Liam Hendriks pitched a three-up, three-down bottom of the tenth to close it out.

It was far from a perfect performance, but it was the sort of performance that can change a team’s fortunes. The A’s hitters struggled once more, and the team got precious little luck again, yet they somehow found a way to snap the three-game skid.

It’s a victory that takes us back to .500, 4 wins and 4 losses, and with two more games in Seattle to come.

Up next …

A day-game at last! The Mariners and A’s will get going at 21:10 UK time (1.10pm in Oakland) with Chris Bassitt pitching for us and former-A Kendall Graveman going for Seattle.

We’ll be doing a Zoom watch-along, so let us know via our Twitter account if you’d like to join us.

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