Tuesday night, the Athletics could put together just four hits against the Astros, losing 9-1. Wednesday, four hits were enough for Oakland to earn a two-game split, riding Frankie Montas to a 2-1 win.
The Athletics returned to Oakland following a three-city road trip Tuesday, and they brought with them an ugly, ugly brand of baseball.
A series that provided all the excitement and theatrics one could expect from a battle for a division title ended Wednesday
For the second day in a row, the Athletics jumped out to an early lead via the long ball, but they weren’t able to hold the lead.
The Athletics had Gerrit Cole and Houston against the ropes with a pair of early two-run homers.
Trevor Cahill has been two completely different pitchers for the Athletics this season.
The product of success, the type of success the Athletics have produced over the last two months, is meaningful late-season games.
The Astros jumped on starter Frankie Montas and the Athletics early. And in the same way they had done all series, they never let up.
But by the time birthday boy Jonathan Lucroy dug into the box for his first at-bat of the evening the game had already been decided.
Putting the ball in play against Cole didn’t help the A’s cause as they could muster just a single run, falling to the Astros 4-1.
Stephen Piscotty returned to the A’s lineup Tuesday, two days after losing his mother to ALS.
Houston proved last year that patience, in baseball, truly is a virtue.