Oakland A’s return to winning ways in extra inning victory

The Oakland A’s finally got enough offense to pull out a victory, snapping their three game losing streak in the process.

Going into the second game of the series against the Seattle Mariners, the Oakland A’s were riding a three game losing streak to go along with continual lackluster offensive performances. Although the Athletics’ offense did not rise to the challenge on Saturday night, Oakland pulled out a 3-2  extra innings victory over Seattle.

Mike Fiers gave Oakland six efficient innings on Saturday. The veteran righty dueled with opposing pitcher Yusei Kikuchi for the majority of his start. Allow Fiers allowed two runs to Kikuchi’s none, Fiers kept Oakland in the game.

Seattle managed their two runs off of Fiers in the third inning where a Kyle Seager single brought in J.P. Crawford and Austin Nola.

Fiers’ performance was encouraging for the A’s who have now seen two of the last three starters go five or more innings.

Kikuchi kept the Oakland hitters off balance yet again for six innings. It was only when Mariners reliever Nick Margevicius came in that the A’s managed any offense.

Chad Pinder hit a two run home run in the seventh inning that brought in Mark Canha and tied the game 2-2.

After an uneventful eight inning, the ninth inning provided some drama. Joakim Soria was able to maneuver his way out of a bases-loaded one out situation and strike out two straight hitters to send the game into extra innings.

Robbie Grossman was able to drive a ground rule double to the wall in right field to begin the tenth inning which scored Tony Kemp who pinch ran for Khris Davis. After being out of the lineup for a few days, Davis finally got his first hit of the season Saturday night.

Closer Liam Hendriks came in for the bottom of the tenth, made quick work of the Mariners and sent the A’s home happy with a 3-2 extra innings victory.

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The Oakland A’s will look to continue their success on Sunday with Chris Bassitt facing off against former Athletic Kendall Graveman.

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