If the Oakland A’s played every game of the season against the Houston Astros, it would be hard to bet against them going undefeated.
That’s how dominant they have been against one of the weakest teams in the league, and with a 11-5 demolition today, the A’s are now a perfect 8-0 against their new division
Everyone contributed to the victory on Saturday evening, with each member of the starting lineup batting in at least one run. Josh Donaldson led the way, going 4-4 with a home run and two RBIs to bring his average up to a blistering .322. Both Coco Crisp and Chris Young also had huge nights with three hits apiece.
After Jason Castro put the Astros on the board first with a home run in the bottom half of the first inning, the A’s struck back in a big way, sending 12 men to the plate and scoring six runs:
The A’s would knock Lucas Harrell, the Astros starter, out of the game after just 1.2 innings. Harrell allowed six runs on six hits and three walks, raising his ERA to 5.43.
But they were not done punishing the Astros pitchers just yet.
Edgar Gonzalez came in to replace Harrell, and the A’s pummeled him as well with a four-run fourth inning. After two runs scored on RBI hits by John Jaso and Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss smacked back-to-back home runs later on in the frame to make it 10-2 in favor of the A’s:
Oakland’s starter A.J. Griffin allowed four runs in five innings, three of them coming on solo home runs. However, the offense more than made up for his mediocre performance on this night and delivered him his fifth win of the year.
The A’s, now four games over .500, will go for the sweep of the Astros on Sunday. Bartolo Colon will take the mound against Dallas Keuchel, with the first pitch at 11:10 PT.