The Oakland A’s offense finally woke up, riding a big fifth inning to an impressive win over the Seattle Mariners.
It was a rough evening for the Seattle pitching staff and a wonderful one for the Oakland A’s offense. After losing two close games in a row to the Athletics, Oakland decided to eliminate the drama and defeat the Mariners outright in a 11-1 beatdown.
The A’s brewed most of their offensive magic in the fifth inning. Ironically, the whole rally started with a walk by Khris Davis, the man who has been struggling the most in a lineup full of issues.
After the Davis walk, the A’s decided to flashback to the days of Moneyball and used seven singles, two more walks and a double by Stephen Piscotty to round out a spectacular eight run inning.
Oakland sent 14 batters to the plate in the fifth inning and all of their eight runs were scored with two outs.
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Seattle had started the game off well with J.P. Crawford and Kyle Seager continued their hot streak against the Athletics. Unfortunately for the Mariners, the one run they produced in the third inning would not be enough to match the offensive eruption from the A’s.
An outstanding offensive showing is only useful if the defensive unit does their job as well. Frankie Montas and Sean Murphy were on the same page Monday night and did a top tier job in limiting the Mariners offense yet again.
Montas threw seven innings of one run ball while only allowing four hits and striking out nine batters in the process. Montas lowered his season ERA to 2.25 while silencing any doubts over who is the ace of the Oakland pitching staff.
Fellow starter Sean Manaea was enjoying his night off while in the stands among the cardboard cutouts. Manaea was cheering on Montas and all of his teammates with handmade signs in support of everyone on the team.
On a night that brought smiles to the faces of all of the A’s players, Khris Davis was able to relax for the first time this season. Davis broke out of his slump in the seventh inning with a solo shot to left field.
The A’s bounced back from a three game losing streak to an immediate three game winning streak which brings their season record to 6-4, good for first place in the AL West.
The Oakland A’s will go to Texas on Tuesday with rookie Jesus Luzardo slated to make his first major league start.