Who Are the Oakland Atheltics?




UPDATE - In 10 games, the A's have won three by a combined score of 42-1 and lost five by a combined score of 32-14.


Original Story (4/11)

The Oakland Athletics started the 2015 MLB season with a 4 game series split with the Texas Rangers, at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.  Game 1 was an 8-0 beat down of the Rangers, which started off with a bang.  Ben Zobrist hit a 2 run homer off Yovani Gallardo in the 1st inning, his first AB after being acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.  They would tack on 2 more runs in the 4th, before Stephen Vogt hit a 3 run home run in the 7th inning and adding an insurance run in the 8th, on a Billy Butler double.  Butler signed with the team this Winter.

Sonny Gray was magnificent in his season debut, carrying a no-hitter into the 8th inning, before Ryan Rua signed. 

In game 2, Colby Lewis tamed the A's bats in a Rangers 3-1 victory, allowing just 3 hits over 6 innings and just Eric Sogard ground out RBI.  Jesse Hahn pitched 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs to score.  Prince Fielder knocked in 2 runs and Elvis Andrus scored the third on an error.


Brett Lawrie struck out 4 times in 4 ABs on just 12 pitches.   

The Immaculate Sombrero.



Oakland came back the next night and beat up on Ross Detwiler, scoring 8 runs in 5 innings.  Five of them in the 3rd!  The A's won 10-0.

Mark Canha made his name known around fantasy baseball, picking up 3 hits and 4 RBI. Scott Kazmir struck out 10 Rangers in 7 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit. 


An afternoon game wrapped up the series and Texas came out swinging, scoring multiple runs in 3 of the first 4 innings.  Kendall Graveman made his first MLB start and allowed 8 runs to score in 3.1 innings.  Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo homered off the young righty.

Ike Davis went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts.  The Rangers won 8-0

Oakland welcomed the Seattle Mariners to town on Friday Night, and one of baseball's top pitching prospects, Taijuan Walker, took the mound for Seattle.  The Athletics scored 9 runs off the Louisiana native, who lasted just 3.1 innings.  Canha hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 2nd, has 3 more hits and scored 3 times!  Ike Davis hit two 2 run doubles.

Drew Pomeranz allowed just two hit over 7 innings.  Oakland won 12-0.

 

Who are the Oakland Athletics?  Are they a team that is going to score run in bunches?  Is their pitching staff going to pitch gems every start?


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