Oakland A’s hitter Tony Kemp takes a cut at Houston Astros pitching all for not as the Astros swept the A’s on Sun Aug 14, 2022 at Minute Maid Field in Houston (@Athletics photo)
Houston Sweeps Oakland 6-3
By Barbara Mason
Sunday afternoon the Oakland A’s (41-74) took on the Houston Astros (75-41) in game three of their series. Oakland made it competitive in the first game of the series losing 7-5. In Game Two the Astros took control of this series and it continued on into the third game.
The A’s lost Game Two 8-0 and it did not get much better in Game Three on Sunday with a 6-3 loss. Nick Allen hit a homer in the eighth inning to at least get on the scoreboard.
The first inning was a replay of yesterday’s first inning. Alex Bregman homered and with Yordan Alvarez on base the Astros took a quick 2-0 lead. Jose Altuve hit a double in the second inning that drove in Christian Vasquez and Chas McCormick and the hits kept on coming for Houston now leading 4-0.
The Astros would continue to hit and continue to score in the sixth and seventh innings. Vasquez singled driving in Kyle Tucker in the sixth, and Bregman doubled in the seventh driving in Jeremy Pena extending the Houston lead to 6-0.
Oakland finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when Nick Allen hit his second home run of the season a solo shot.
The A’s made some noise in the ninth inning. Bride grounded out and Elvis Andrus scored from third. There were some good at bats for the A’s but it was too little too late. We have seen this far too often. If Oakland wants to give themselves a chance to win games, they cannot was until the ninth inning to start hitting.
Right now the Astros are a runaway train and the A’s couldn’t even slow them down let along stop them. The depth of the Houston roster is a large part of their success. Their pitching has been outstanding and they really do look like the best team in the American League.
Cole Irvin went 6 innings allowing eight hits and five runs with a single strikeout.
The A’s will remain in Texas to take on the Texas Rangers on Monday for a four game series. James Kaprielian will be on the mound for the A’s 3-6 with a 4.38 ERA. Glenn Otto will be throwing for the Rangers 4-8 with a 5.20 ERA. First pitch will be at 5:05 PM PT.