The word “resilient” has been tossed around the Athletics’ clubhouse all season. And for good reason.
The A’s defeated the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, 5-4, in walk-off fashion thanks to a Jed Lowrie home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Right before Lowrie's big hit, shortstop Elvis Andrus singled to right field. That’s when the A’s knew they would win.
“When we’re within a run or tied here in the ninth, we always have a really good feeling,” A's manager Bob Melvin said after the game. “We have a great track record of walk-offs here. As soon as Elvis gets on, our dugout, we thought we were going to win the game.”
The A’s and walk-offs have been a happy marriage for a while now. As MLB.com’s Martín Gallegos points out, since Melvin took over the team in 2011, the A’s 91 walk-off wins are the most in MLB over that span.
“You’re going to have some frustrating innings, but I don’t think that carried over to the last one,” Melvin said.
Lowrie felt the same way about Andrus’ presence on first base as he waited in the on-deck circle. He knew something good was going to happen.
“Yeah, I mean I have a lot of faith in everybody in this lineup,” Lowrie said. “One through nine, you couldn’t ask for a better part of the lineup particularly the way [Matt] Olson’s been swinging.”
Just as Lowrie has been. Him grasping the “Ride the Wave” trident at the end of the night solidified that.
Lowrie now is batting .269/.340/.436 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI this season.
“He’s had a terrific year for us and certainly had a big night too,” Melvin said.