It’s a series the A’s and their fans have been looking forward to since November, and the first game lived up to the hype.
The A's hosted the Houston Astros on Friday for the first time since a sign-stealing scandal was revealed, and Oakland won 3-2 on a walk-off single Marcus Semien in the 13th inning.
Austin Allen’s single to left field tied the game ahead of Semien’s game-winning hit.
Despite no fans being in attendance, the A’s faithful made their presence known.
An A's fan created a GoFundMe account to have a plane flyover the Coliseum with a "Houston Asterisk" sign being towed behind it to troll the Astros.
Astros starter Zack Greinke made himself comfortable in the stands among the cardboard cutouts in between innings, something you’re only allowed to get away with in 2020.
Here’s what you might have missed on Friday night:
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Laureano hit a ball to center fielder Myles Straw, who fell onto his back which caused the ball to roll all the way to the wall. Laureano ended up with a triple, but would stay there as Matt Olson and Matt Chapman struck out, and Mark Canha flew out.
Laureano has been on a roll all season long.
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Facing Jose Altuve in the fifth inning, Bassitt unleashed his long, slow curve ball on the fifth pitch of the at-bat to get the Astros second baseman to fly out to right field.
It’s a pitch manager Bob Melvin has discussed before and it’s perfect to throw to keep batters off balance, which is exactly what Altuve did landing on his knee after he swung at it. That pitch averaged around 71.4 mph on the night. The velocity, of course, doesn’t matter, but it made its presence known.
Bassitt went seven innings and allowed three hits, one earned run while walking three and striking out three.
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Grossman’s adjustment pays off
Robbie Grossman hit a solo shot, his first homer of the season. in the bottom of the seventh inning. He had been working on an adjustment since spring training and while he wasn’t specific as to what it was, it’s been working.
It was a game-changing home run, so whatever it was, it’s paying off.
Still, once again, the A’s continue to depend on the home runs. This ended up being the reason why the game went into extras.