Athletics reliever Lou Trivino said the team was “riding the wave” after their six straight victory on Friday night. The mantra continued and was heightened on Saturday following a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers to extend their winning streak to seven.
“I had to ask what it was,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said following the game. “It came, I think from [Chris] Bassitt -- wouldn’t surprise me. It’s just kind of a thing they’ve been doing so, I wasn’t even too focused on it until I saw [Matt Chapman] rounding the bases doing that."
A’s catcher Aramis Garcia said the wave mentality began in Arizona during spring training, but with the latest surge in wins, it picked up more traction.
“That’s been the motto the last week or so,” Garcia said.
Starter Cole Irvin added true surfing lingo to it, thanks to his fiancé Kristen who’s a surfer herself, and said he believes the saying began with the A’s starters, which would confirm Melvin’s theory.
“The starter group definitely has communicated that that is the mantra right now,” Irvin said. “I would have to say the offense has been turning the bats around and starters have made good starts so we’re on a good wave and I text the guys two nights ago and said, ‘We’re pitted right now, we’re in the barrel of this wave and we’re going to keep riding it and we’re having fun and it’s just the mantra and we’re going to ride the wave the rest of the year and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Irvin sailed through six innings while striking out six and giving up four hits. He didn’t allow a walk and lowered his ERA to 4.60.
The turnaround comes after a very tough 0-6 start for the A’s, but Melvin and Garcia said the vibe in the clubhouse never changed. Thanks to a lot of veterans, Oakland remained even-keeled and never stepped foot into “panic mode.”
"That first tough homestand, nobody was really pressing,” Garcia said. “Nobody was panicking. I think we all know what good of a team we have here. So that’s really the only thing that we did. We just continued to press forward and play good baseball.”
The A's hope to continue to ride the wave as they go for the sweep of the Tigers on Sunday.