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Oakland Athletics Show Hope With 7th Straight Victory

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The Oakland A’s ended the month of May 12-46 and after losing the first four games in June pushing their record to 12-50, the season look like a complete.

But what a difference a winning streak makes for a teams confidence.

After losing to the Pittsburg Pirates on June 5th, 5-4, the A’s bats exploded for 11 runs, nine of which came in the latter p[art of the game, to pull away to an 11-2 victory. In the rubber match, Oakland scored seven runs in the top of the first, highlighted by Jace Peterson‘s two-RBI double. The closest the Pirates got was within 9-5, after they scored a run in the bottom of the ninth.

The A’s were off on Thursday June 8, then traveled to the Milwaukee Brewers for a three game set starting on Friday June 9th. The A’s, who at this point failed to win more than three games in a row, scored three runs in the top of the first on a two-RBI triple off the bat of Ramon Laureano and an RBI single from Jonah Bride, scoring Laureano to put the A’s up 3-0. Oakland scored a run in the second, and after the Brewers scored two in the bottom of the frame, the A’s pitching shut down their offense the rest of the game. The A’s added a run and pulled away to a 5-2 victory.

Saturday showcased a pitching duel between Paul Blackburn and former Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran, who signed with the Brewers as a free agent on May 25, 2023.

Blackburn tossed six shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk and struck out five in a no decision. Teheran, tossed seven innings, allowing one run on sis hits, allowing a walk and striking out six, while also not getting a decision. With the game tied late, the A’s pushed forward with a run in the top of the 10th to steal away a 2-1 victory and win their fourth straight game against above .500 teams.

On Sunday, and looking for an unlikely sweep, the A’s found themselves town 2-0 after the third inning, but they responded with four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. In the ninth inning and leading 5-3, they scored three runs to go ahead 8-3, and survived a comeback by the Brewers and closed out an 8-6 victory. The bullpen held on as the offense put up just enough runs to seal their fifth straight win and sweep Milwaukee.

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Next the A’s traveled back home to face off against the Rays, who have the most wins (48) in baseball for a four game set.

On Monday, which was also Lou Gehrig Day across MLB baseball, the A’s found themselves in another pitching duel through the first four innings, until they added four runs off starter Zach Eflin in the bottom of the eighth. Eflin entered the game at 8-1 and looking to build on his record, but the Rays had other things planned.

The Rays potent offense finally responded with three in the top of the sixth, but the resurgent A’s bullpen shut the door to seal a very unlikely victory and sixth straight win. Ken Waldichuk relieved starter James Kaprielian, and tossed three solid innings, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks and struck out five batters to earn his first MLB save. Kaprielian won his second victory on the season.

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Some baseball purest would have called that victory just a fluke from a team that has won just 17 games entering the series, but the A’s did one better as they took down the mighty Rays in game two.

Once again the A’s and Rays found themselves in a pitchers duel, as both offenses could not muster a run until the top of the 5th when the Rays scored a run to take a 1-0 lead.  But Oakland would not be denied a chance to extend their longest winning streak of the season, as they scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and eight to pull away to a 2-1 win and seventh straight game.

At 19-50, the A’s are still 23.5 games, in last place in the AL West division, they are still 15 games from the next team in their division and still might lose 100 games, but any kind of winning streak and against top teams, is a step in the right direction.

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