Don’t look now, but the Oakland A’s are slowly, quietly making up ground in the AL West title picture. Their game on Wednesday afternoon began with a slow start, falling behind 2-0 to the Seattle Mariners. But this team, 4.5 games behind division leaders Houston, didn’t throw in the towel or panic. They fought back with a gusto, tying it up instantly in the bottom half of the inning. From there, Homer Bailey was able to overcome his poor start, in his debut for them, and throw six innings of nearly flawless baseball- not including the aforementioned second frame.
Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar chipped in with two home runs apiece, with Canha’s solo shots being the ones to put them up by two runs and see them begin to pull away. Ramon Laureano also had a heck of a day. He would score three runs, one of which came as a result of a solo homer of his own, and he would make one of those great catches only he can make in center field. That’s six wins in a row for the A’s, and despite the Astros’ win on the day not seeing them move closer, you have to believe they still are up for the fight and aren’t going to giving up anytime soon.