OAKLAND (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their third straight playoff berth with Seattle’s loss to San Diego and a 6-Zero win towards the San Francisco Giants on Friday night time, highlighted by Matt Olson’s three-run homer.
Oakland is within the playoffs for the sixth time in 9 seasons and now shifts its consideration to an AL West crown, which could possibly be locked up Saturday. The A’s haven’t captured the division since 2013, successful 97 video games every of the previous two seasons to complete in second place behind Houston and earlier than dropping the AL Wild Card Recreation each years.
Olson related within the third inning of a balanced offensive assault for the A’s within the opener of the second spherical of the 2020 Bay Bridge Sequence.
Jake Lamb’s RBI single within the first staked Oakland starter Chris Bassitt (4-2) to a fast lead. The appropriate-hander struck out seven over 6 2/Three innings to win his third straight begin.
Tommy La Stella and Marcus Semien additionally singled in runs for the A’s, who lastly obtained a time without work Thursday following a grueling stretch with 16 video games in 13 days with three doubleheaders.
San Francisco hardly needed to journey far to proceed its street journey. The Giants have been scheduled for video games in Seattle earlier this week however smoke from all of the West Coast wildfires created harmful air high quality and the golf equipment as an alternative performed at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s good that everyone obtained to sleep in their very own beds final night time,” Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler mentioned, noting he and a few gamers drove themselves to the Coliseum somewhat than using a crew bus. “Contemplating that these are street video games and we did simply get to play two street video games in our ballpark, there have been a variety of challenges all through this season and so these are two issues that we will level to as positives and pluses.”
The A’s performed a Monday doubleheader in Seattle and gamers expressed concern concerning the air.
“The air high quality is a lot better than we final noticed it right here, it definitely is best than Seattle, too,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned.
Logan Webb (2-4) was executed after Three 1/Three innings and noticed his winless stretch attain 5 begins. He’s 0-2 since beating Arizona on Aug. 21.
Giants: RF Mike Yastrzemski, who left Thursday’s win towards Seattle within the third with tightness in his proper calf, had an MRI examination Friday that confirmed a light calf pressure. He’s listed daily. The Giants aren’t utilizing the injured record for him. “Yaz is essential sufficient to this membership the place we actually don’t understand how lengthy it’s going to be, whether or not it’s one, two, three days or extra and we wish to be certain that we’ve (choices) there,” Kapler mentioned.
Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty missed his fourth straight recreation with a sprained proper knee. The A’s have been going to place him by means of batting observe to find out his standing for Saturday. … LHP rookie A.J. Puk underwent debridement shoulder surgical procedure — eradicating particles from across the labrum and rotator cuff — and a cleanup from bursitis Wednesday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Puk, who didn’t pitch this yr and missed most of final season following Tommy John surgical procedure in April 2018, has begun bodily remedy and can stay in Southern California to get the stitches eliminated Monday and start throwing in about 12 weeks. Oakland is hopeful he’ll be prepared by the beginning of spring coaching.
MENGDEN COVID UPDATE
A’s RHP Daniel Mengden has been medically cleared from a constructive COVID-19 check Aug. 28. He has been asymptomatic all through and resumed throwing off the mound on the membership’s San Jose alternate web site Friday. He’s slated for a simulated recreation Saturday.
Oakland accomplished its commerce with Texas that introduced lefty Mike Minor to the A’s on Aug. 31 by sending minor league infielder Dustin Harris and minor league outfielder Marcus Smith to the Rangers because the gamers to be named later.
The Giants optioned RHP Rico Garcia and LHP Wandy Peralta, who pitched a career-high three innings Thursday, to their Sacramento alternate web site and recalled RHP Shaun Anderson and LHP Andrew Suarez from Sacramento.
RHP Kevin Gausman (3-2, 4.05 ERA), scratched final Sunday due to elbow soreness, will pitch for the Giants on Saturday afternoon. A’s LHP Jesús Luzardo (2-2, 4.32) appears to be like to finish a four-start winless stretch through which he’s 0-2.
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