Oakland A’s Mark Canha (20) center is mobbed by his A’s teammates after his ninth inning walk off single to score Sean Murphy for the game winning run against the Houston Astros at the Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland on Sun Sep 26, 2021 (Bay Area News Group photo)
By Morris Phillips
Once again the Oakland A’s (85-71) came up with a Mark Canha walk off RBI hit in the bottom of the ninth for the second consecutive day. This time the A’s came up a 4-3 winner over the Houston Astros (91-65) at the Oakland Coliseum on the final home game of 2021.
The win also gives the A’s a three game sweep over the Astros beating the AL West leaders the win puts the A’s who are in third place six games behind the Astros with six games games left in the regular season. The A’s are 3.5 games back for the second Wild Card spot.
The Astros who took the loss their magic number remains at two. The Astros Alex Bergman hit a home run for the Astros. After the three game sweep a exhausted Astros manager Dusty Baker said he’s looking to move on to the next series, “I’m glad we’ve got an off day tomorrow.” said Dusty “This was a tough series. Two walk-offs and the other game was close until the end. This was tough. It was real tough. Things will change, I know it.”
The Astros have played 17 straight games without a day off which is one of the reasons why the Astros might have such a struggle during the three game series. On Saturday the A’s Starling Marte hit a double which scored Elvis Andrus who broke his leg when tried to slide but belly flopped at the plate. Andrus and also Jed Lowrie are both on the ten day injured list.
In the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday with the bases loaded Mark Canha got a game winning hit scoring Sean Murphy from third. Canha said he was just trying to look for a pitch to hit, “I try not too look for pitches as much and just try to get into the flow of the at-bat and usually that means not swinging at the first pitch,” Canha said. “But this AB, I felt good. I said to myself, ‘If you see it well, let it rip.’ I just saw it well out of the hand.”
The A’s head to Seattle for a three game series with the Mariners at T Mobile the A’s will be starting Cole Irvin (10-14 ERA 3.99) and for the Mariners Chris Flexen (13-6 ERA 3.56) a 7:10 pm first pitch.