Game 11: Keep the run going

The season is only 11 games old and the A’s have now hit two walk-off grand slams.

Stephen Piscotty followed up Matt Olson’s Game 1 Grand Slam with a Game 11 version in a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

It was an early Wednesday morning start here in the UK so not a game that I watched live, but I certainly enjoyed watching it back.

Hopes were sky-high for Jesús Luzardo’s first start in the Big Leagues and he met them with an impressively mature five innings. Perhaps it helped that he was duelling with Lance Lynn, a very underrated starting pitcher, and knew he had no margin for error. In any case, he showed precisely why everyone is so excited to have him in our organisation for years to come.

As for Piscotty, it annoyed me how some fans – and, yes, we all know there are fans like this on every sports team – were quick to write him off after struggling through the second half of last season. He is a quality all-round player and seems a real steady presence within the A’s clubhouse.

There was something all the more joyful about the fact that he didn’t think the ball was going over the centre-field wall, making the celebrations all the more special even though the mob-scene at home-plate was appropriately restrained in these socially-distanced times.

The victory made it four wins in a row, putting the A’s on a 7-4 win-loss record at the top of the AL West, and starting this six-game home-stand in the best possible way.

Up next …

Sean Manaea will take a break from being the world’s most talented cheer-leader and make the start, with Kyle Gibson pitching for the Rangers.

It’s another night-game, so a 2:10 am start in the UK, but the way these A’s are playing right now they are worth losing some sleep over (in a good way!).

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