Long ball sees Oakland Athletics squeak out a Win
Having lost their last five games, the Oakland Athletics were looking to pull out a win by any means necessary to end their losing skid. Thanks to three solo home runs, the Athletics ended their losing streak as they hung on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3.
The pitching matchup suggested that either one or both teams would be able to score some runs, and the A’s took jumped on Mariners starter Brandon Maurer in the second inning as Josh Donaldson hit the first of the A’s three home runs in the game for the early 1-0 lead.
Like Maurer, A’s starter Jarrod Parker was also struggling so far this season as he came into the game with a 1-5 record and a 7.34 ERA. Yet, Parker would start the game out pitching better than his current numbers as he did a good job of getting ahead of the Mariners’ batters with first-pitch strikes, keeping batters off-balance with his pitch selection.
Parker did not give up a hit until the fifth inning, when he gave up a two-run home run to Kelly Shoppach. After the Shoppach home run, Parker wound up reverting to the pitcher he had been up to this point in the season by struggling with his command and failing to start off counts by throwing strike one on first pitch. Still, he pitched well enough through 6.1 innings to pick up his second win of the season.
Hanging onto a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, the A’s found a way to put another run on the board via the home run as Brandon Moss hit one out to right and give the Athletics a 4-2 lead. That ended up being the difference as the A’s bullpen did just enough to end the losing streak.
The A’s have struggled as of late after a fast start and with a number of key players on the disabled list. The win is a welcomed bit of good news and could potentially serve as a spark to begin a turnaround for them towards their winning ways.
Lucas Carreras is a contributing San Francisco 49ers blogger to Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @maldini3fan and you can connect with him on Google+.