One of the factors we have to deal with whilst following MLB from the UK is that the time difference can get the better of you for a few days.
If you can’t watch the game live in the early hours, nor catch up on it during the day, it can be difficult to keep up with all the action before the next game comes along.
It’s been like that for me over the past few days, but it’s been fun catching up this morning.
Firstly, the 3-game series against the Angels in Anaheim. I guested on the Angels UK podcast Halfway Around the Halo prior to Game One and, to the surprise of Nick, predicted that the A’s would lose the series 2-1. My thinking was simply that having won nine games in a row, the run would come to an end soon and a 1-2 series would still be good enough for the A’s.
I don’t get many predictions correct so I’ll happily take the credit for this one!
The Game Three win to avoid a sweep was particularly impressive having endured the Game One disaster (coughing up a 9-4 lead) and being bullied by Bundy again (7 score-less innings, 10 K’s) in Game Two.
There were plenty of good performances along the way, most notably Chapman’s supreme showing in Game One, but player of the series has to go to Ramón Laureano. His contributions in Game Three were almost as if he was determined to win a game for the A’s before starting his suspension (thankfully reduced from 6 to 4 games).
He robbed Brian Goodwin of a game-tying home run to end the bottom of the seventh inning and then knocked in two runs in the top of the eighth as the A’s prevailed 8-4.
That led us on to the first game of the latest Bay Bridge series against the Giants. I’ll post a video about it on our YouTube channel later today as it was an epic tale that deserves its own billing.