There are some days when losses hurt more than others, and this is one of those days. The A’s dropped the first game of a 3-game series against the last place Astros. Let’s face it, the A’s are going to lose games to a team they face 19 times in a season, so that’s not what hurts to me. What hurts is that Bartolo Colon could only pitch four innings today, and this makes it back-to-back poor starts for the 40-year old. What hurts even more is that Chris Young, may have or may have not, hit a walk off home run in the ninth, but the umpires decided after review, that it was foul. I can’t honestly say either way if it was fair or foul, because it looked like it was both to me, but I wanted the call to go the A’s way, especially after the botched home run call earlier in the season.
I’m trying not to dwell on the “what ifs” and focus more on the positives, so I came up with three things that happened today that us fans can be happy about:
1. The Texas Rangers lost. That’s good news for the A’s, who are still only one game behind the Rangers after their loss to the Brewers. The Baltimore Orioles also lost today, which is also good for the A’s, who still hold a 2.5 game lead over them in the second wild card race.
2. Yoenis Cespedes had a good game, going 3-4 with a 2-run home run in the eighth. Josh Donaldson also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored.
3. Jessie Chavez kept the A’s in the game after Bartolo was pulled, he managed to pitched 3.2 innings tonight, allowed five hits, no runs, walked one and struck out five. Jerry Blevins also pitched a clean 1.1 innings, allowing just a hit.
The good thing about baseball is that, the A’s have another game tomorrow and still have chance to win the series. Jarrod Parker is taking the mound for the A’s tomorrow night, while the Astros are sending Jarred Cosart out to face the A’s.