And surprise! The defense looked great!
Well, the A’s didn’t get the sweep of the Red Sox but once again they were able to take the series. That’s actually quite a big deal, considering they haven’t swept a series at Fenway Park since 1990!
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Despite not getting the win today – the A’s made some really great defensive plays and knocked Red Sox ace, Chris Sale, out of the game in just five innings. Sale left the game with 102 pitches, so the A’s batters did make him work — if only for two runs — on a homer by Marcus Semien. Matt Joyce added on a run with a solo shot to lead off the 7th off of Boston reliever Heath Hembree. And in the top of the ninth the Red Sox brought in their elite closer Craig Kimbrel and Matt Olson got to him, homering for the fourth run of the game and the seventh A’s homer of the series, making the final score 6-4 in favor of the Red Sox.
With the exception of the first inning, in which he allowed three runs, A’s starter Trevor Cahill was efficient and pitched well. The Red Sox did not get another run off of him. The Red Sox game winning blow came off of the bat of Xander Bogaerts who hit a three-run homer off of reliever Ryan Dull.
Defensively, the A’s finally looked good! Big surprise there, right? Jonathan Lucroy and Marcus Semien caught Mookie Betts stealing in the bottom of the third to end the inning. Chad Pinder made a stellar catch in left field up against the Green Monster, and in the bottom of the sixth Stephen Piscotty ended up in the stands but came up with the ball – I’ll try to get some video of some of these plays for the full game recap! But for now — that’ll have to wait.
Overall, regardless of the loss, the A’s played a good game, against a strong opponent in a tough ballpark. Plus, the defense really did shine today and that is something we should all be excited about! More details on the game to come soon ….