Positive news for those watching baseball from the East Bay: the Oakland Athletics won a game as the A's defeated Colorado 8-5 on Friday night to earn their first win in three matches sending the Rockies into a three-game losing skid.
It took the Athletics virtually no time to take the lead, as the game started at 8:40 pm ET and before the clock had hit 9:00 on the spot the A's were already 1-0 on top.
Prospective soon-to-be-traded Brent Rooker opened the score courtesy of a Ramon Laureano line drive. Laureano, just in case you are wondering, returned to the lineup only to put on a serious show and catch the attention of some potential trade-deadline suitors, same as Rooker.
What I'm saying is: everybody in the A's roster if up for sale come Deadline Day. Expected the expected, but don't expect so much because there is not much talent around these parts...
Or maybe there is! Tell Shea Langeliers, who tripled a ball to bring another run home and make it 2-0 Oakland in the top of the 2nd inning.
Tony Kemp sacrificed himself in one of his latest shows of respect to the A's franchise before getting traded away next week, and also scored Langy. 3-0 A's, believe it or not.
The Rockies surely didn't help himself one bit coing blunder after blunder. And just when they seemed to have gotten things straight, rookie Zack Gelof tagged them hard with a homer in the fifth inning that made it all a wrap.
The Rockies tried to stage a comeback late and they even went on to score four runs spanning the seventh and eighth frames, but the A's defense held strong, entering the ninth still ahead boasting a 7-5 lead.
Already in the 9th (check this out if you're a member of the Los Angeles Angels front office in need of a solid veteran!) Ramon Laureano's solo homer sealed the deal for the Athletics.
JP Sears started strong for the Athletics and got the W, his second this season. Kyle Freeland was demolished on his way to his fourth loss (4-11) of the year. Lucky Trevor May got the save, his 10th of the campaign.