Nick Allen (2) of the Oakland A’s takes off for home on a Jonah Bride RBI single in the top of the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sat Jun 25, 2022 (AP News photo)
Oakland Breaks Four Game Losing Streak defeat Kansas City 9-7
By Barbara Mason
Saturday afternoon the Oakland A’s (24-49) took on the Kansas City Royals (26-44) in game two of they’re series. The A’s lost game one Friday 3-1. They struggled on offense and never really got going in this game.
The A’s got up on the scoreboard early in this game. Seth Brown hit a single in the first inning driving in Tony Kemp. Sean Murphy grounded out and Ramon Laureano scored for the 2-0 lead.
The A’s would extend their lead in the third inning. Brown grounded out and Kemp would cross home plate for the second time in the game, now leading 3-0.
The Royals got on the board when Bobby Witt Jr. hit a solo home run to left. They trailed in this game 3-1.
The A’s would add more runs in the fourth inning. Nick Allen doubled driving in Elvis Andrus followed by Jonah Bride who singled and Allen scored. Oakland now had a 5-1 lead.
Kansas City added another run in the fourth inning. Cam Gallagher doubled bringing home MJ Melendez and Carlos Santana. Oakland still led but the Royals were making a push. In the sixth inning Cam Gallaher doubled for a second time in the game and Michael Taylor scored. The A’s were clinging onto a 5-4 lead.
Oakland got some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Sean Murphy singled in the seventh driving in Seth Brown and in the eighth inning Tony Kemp hit a home run with Nick Allen on base. The A’s had a nice 8-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.
The Royals pulled the carpet from underneath the A’s in the eighth inning. Michael Taylor hit a homer with two runners on base negating the nice lead that Oakland had. Again Oakland had a slim one run 8-7 lead.
Sam Moll came in for Oakland and didn’t even last the eighth inning. He walked three and allowed the Michael Taylor home run. Lou Trevino took over on the mound trying to get out of the inning without further damage. Trivino had a good inning and it was on to the ninth inning.
The A’s got an insurance run in the ninth inning. Christian Bethancourt scored on a Dylan Coleman wild pitch to take a 9-7 lead. The A’s were three outs away from a win. Trevino would remain in the game trying to to close this one out.
Oakland had to fight to the end in this game. It was a 3 hour and 46 minute marathon. Lee Trevino saved the game breaking their four game losing streak. The A’s had 14 hits in this game with some nice offense.
First pitch in Game Three is schedule for 11:10 AM at Kauffman Stadium. James Kaprielian (ERA 5.98) will take the mound for the A’s. Brady Singer (3-2, 4.34) will get the nod for the Royals.