The Oakland Athletics welcomed in the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the best teams in all of baseball, and did not blink.
In fact, they pounded Shelby Miller and rode Bartolo Colon to a 6-1 victory on a beautiful Friday night at the O.Co Coliseum.
It was a disastrous second inning for Miller, who threw 51 pitches and allowed five runs, as the A’s kept producing baserunner after baserunner.
Josh Donaldson started it with an RBI single to center, scoring Yoenis Cespedes from second. Josh Reddick followed that up by bringing in Donaldson with a double.
Later on in the inning, with the bases loaded and two out, Seth Smith delivered a two-run single up the middle.
Jed Lowre’s ground-rule double drove in Smith, and the A’s cruised to a 5-0 advantage, knocking Miller out of the game in the process.
To put in perspective what the A’s were able to do, Miller had not allowed more than four earned runs in a game all season long, but he was touched up for five earned in just one inning.
Meanwhile, Colon was nothing but sensational, winning his eighth straight start and improving his record to a stellar 11-2. He took a perfect game into the fifth inning, but slightly lost control in that inning as he allowed a leadoff walk to Matt Holliday, a hit to Matt Adams, and an RBI single to David Freese. Just like that, the perfecto, no-no, and shutout were all taken off the board.
However, that was the only blemish in an otherwise flawless outing for Colon. He went the distance, pitching all nine innings and allowing just the one run on seven hits, striking out six.
With the win, the A’s, now 13 games over .500, remain a half game behind the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West.
Stephen Vogt snapped an 0-for-32 streak to begin his major league career with a solo home run to right field tonight, increasing the A’s lead to 6-0. His teammates gave him the silent treatment afterward: