Sep 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Home plate umpire Mark Ripperger (90) calls out Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21) on strikes ahead of Houston Astros catcher Matt Pagnozzi (44) during the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Too Little, Too Late as A's Fall to Astros 3-2


The Oakland Athletics almost came back from a 3-0 deficit, but unfortunately for them, they simply ran out of time and the Houston Astros escaped with a narrow 3-2 victory. For the Astros, pitching tonight was Brad Peacock. For the A’s, Sonny Grey was pitching. For a youngster, he did pretty good, considering that he’s only 2-3 on the year. Both pitchers performed pretty well with similar stats, but the A’s offense, however, couldn’t ignite until it was too late.

The Astros had a very good first inning, scoring one run and getting four hits. The A’s didn’t start off horribly, but didn’t have the same luck, and the inning was over in a hurry.

In the top of the second, the Astros scored once again thanks to a Yoenis Cespedes error. Jose Altuve’s single to left field gave scoring opportunities to Matt Pagnozzi and L.J. Hoes. After two innings, the Astros had control of the game at 3-0. At this point, the A’s offense was struggling, but when that happens, their defense is usually good. Grey was doing fine on the mound, but the A’s just couldn’t seem to find their flow.

The game was scoreless till the eighth inning, where the A’s finally scored two runs. In a very long inning, the A’s had many opportunities to tie the game, but failed to capitalize. The Astros changed pitchers three different times in the inning. Eric Sogard and Stephen Vogt were able to put the A’s on the board, but it was too little too late, and the Astros claimed the victory.

At this time of year, the A’s can use all the wins that they can get. Unfortunately for them, they are neck-an-neck with their division rivals, the Texas Rangers. It now becomes a hasty finish towards the end of the season. Who’s going to come out on top?

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