Astros pitcher Zach Greinke put on a pitching clinic Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum, helping Houston avoid a sweep.
The Athletics returned to Oakland following a three-city road trip Tuesday, and they brought with them an ugly, ugly brand of baseball.
The Athletics had Gerrit Cole and Houston against the ropes with a pair of early two-run homers.
Sunday though, the Houston ace wasn’t impermeable, serving up three homers, including two by Khris Davis, in the first three innings.
An extremely uncharacteristic ninth inning from Will Smith served up a two-out game-winning homer to Marwin Gonzalez.
Sean Manaea struggled through his worst start of the season Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
Falling behind 5-0 didn’t help the A’s chances, but neither did facing the best Dallas Keuchel of the season.
As selfish and absurd as it may sound, baseball fans deserve a World Series Game 7 — sports fans deserve Game 7.
After Saturday’s doubleheader, Oakland and Houston Sunday afternoon seemed to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock for their bats.
Sonny Gray was lit up in the first, surrendering five hits, two walks and five runs to the Astros.