The Oakland A’s Jonah Bride (right) is congratulated at the plate by teammate Nick Allen (left) after Skye Bolt hit a two RBI double in the top of the seventh inning at Minute Field on Fri Aug 12, 2022 (AP News photo)
Astros Top the Athletics 7-5
By Barbara Mason
Friday evening the Oakland A’s (41-72) took on the Houston Astros (73-41) at Minute Maid Park. After getting swept in their last two series, Oakland needed to get back on track. They have had some great success against the Astros in their last two series. In mid-July Oakland won the first of their two latest series and in their next series in late July the A’s swept the Astros.
The Astros have the best record in the American League so these wins at the hands of the Oakland A’s is curious indeed. Oakland has beaten the best yet got swept by the Los Angeles Angels. Call it what you want but this seems to be the 2022 curse of the Coliseum. Oakland has just been just awful at home this season and these two latest series were played at home.
After a quiet first inning the A’s were the first team up on the scoreboard. Jonah Bride hit a double that drove Vimael Machin home for the early 1-0 lead. The A’s got a second run in the third inning to extend their lead to 2-0 when Tony Kemp scored on a balk.
The Astros scored their first run of the game in the fifth inning. Yuli Gurriel singled driving in Jose Altuve. Adam Olle started to struggle and was replaced by Sam Moll. Oller had gone 4 2/3 innings. With two outs Moll had a tough situation loading the bases.
Disaster struck when Kyle Tucker hit a grand slam and Houston took a 5-2 lead .Houston had scored five runs with two outs in the inning. Austin Pruit came in to try and get the A’s out of the inning. Pruitt finally got out of the fifth inning but not before Jeremy Pena doubled driving in Aledmys Diaz giving the Astros a 6-2 lead.
In the seventh inning Oakland really got going. Pinch hitter Skye Bolt doubled driving Bride and Machin home. There would be a second pitching change for Houston trying to get out of this inning. Ramon Laureano singled driving in Bolt and Oakland trailed by a single run 6-5. Laureano would attempt to steal second and was thrown out. It was a great half inning for Oakland.
The Astros got an insurance run in the eighth inning. Pena would steal second and score when Mauricio Dubon sacrificed. With the score 7-5, going into the ninth inning, Oakland would have their last chance in this game.
For the A’s it would be a three up three down ninth inning and that was the ball game 7-5. Oakland was competitive in this game but it was that fifth inning that was the turning point. The A’s had 11 hits in the game.
The A’s will be looking to tie up this series tomorrow evening. Zach Logue will take the mound for the A’s with a 3-5 win loss record and an ERA of 4.79. Lance McCullers Jr will get the nod for the Astros with a 3.16 ERA. First pitch will be at 4:10 PM PT.