MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 152
Oakland1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 x 390
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  W: F. Montas (2-1)   L: F. Valdez (0-2)   S: L. Hendriks (5)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, August 8, 2020
Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 0

Astros, A's face quick turnaround after marathon

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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

  1. From 2017 through 2019, the Astros hit 52 home runs in 28 games at RingCentral Coliseum, while no other team hit more than 32 (Seattle).
  2. The A's have won six in a row. It is their fourth 6+ game winning streak since mid-May of 2019. Oakland has outscored its opponents 34-14 during the stretch despite hitting just .221 as a team. The A's have hit at least one home run in each game, and their relievers have allowed just two runs in 22.0 innings during the streak.
  3. The Astros have won at least 10 games and taken the season series from the A's in each of the five previous seasons. Since 2017, in meetings at RingCentral Coliseum prior to July 1, the Astros won 16 of 17 against the A's, but in meetings in Oakland on July 1 or later in the season, the A's have won nine of 11.
  4. Jose Altuve has 169 hits against the A's since entering MLB in 2013, second most by any player versus any opponent, and the only one with more is Altuve himself (Altuve vs. Angels -- 173).
  5. Matt Olson had an MLB-high six home runs and an MLB-high 17 runs batted in against the Astros in just 14 games of action last season.
  6. Zack Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 14 career starts against the A's. In those 14 starts, he has allowed more than three earned runs only once and never allowed more than one home run in any start all while throwing at least 5.0 innings in all 14 starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/7/2020 thru 8/9/2020

Left-hander Framber Valdez hopes to avenge one of the Houston Astros' most embarrassing moments of the 2019 season when he starts the second game of his team's American League West showdown series with the host Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon.

The A's will counter with right-hander Frankie Montas as they go for an eighth straight win and second in two days over the Astros in the three-game series.

Valdez (0-1, 2.53 ERA) and Montas (1-1, 2.25) have some big shoes to fill after the performances of starters Zack Greinke and Chris Bassitt in the series opener, a game the A's won 3-2 in 13 innings.

Greinke shut out the A's for six innings. Bassitt allowed one run in seven.

Bassitt was aided by the fact that the Astros were without star outfielder George Springer, the team leader in RBIs (12) and co-leader in home runs (three).

Springer suffered a sprained right wrist making a diving catch in center field Thursday in Arizona. He underwent an MRI exam on Friday -- it was negative -- but he remains questionable for the remainder of the series.

"He's better," Astros manager Dusty Baker gladly reported to the media before the game. "It's good news. Nothing's broken. That's a very positive sign."

The last time Valdez saw the A's, it was at the end of a 21-7 thumping Oakland laid on the Astros in Houston last September.

The 26-year-old was the best of the Astros' five pitchers that day, allowing two runs in four innings.

Matt Olson and Sean Murphy belted two homers apiece for the A's in that game, while Khris Davis and Marcus Semien connected once each. Valdez didn't allow any of the homers.

Springer batted twice and homered both times for the Astros.

Valdez has faced the A's twice in his career, both times in relief, and is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA.

He has never pitched in Oakland.

Montas split decisions with the Astros last April, winning one pitchers' duel 2-1 and losing another 3-2. He's gone 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in six games (four starts) in his career against Houston.

Montas will be making his AL-leading fourth start of the season in a game that's scheduled to start about 14 hours after Friday's marathon ended.

A masked A's manager Bob Melvin looked exhausted afterward.

"You just have to keep your fight up," he told reporters of an extra-inning affair in which the teams five times stranded a potential game-winning runner at third base in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings. "It's frustrating for a while. You just have to keep your head up and realize you still have a chance to win a game. And that's what happened."

Oakland's winning run came with two outs and capped a two-run response to Houston having gone ahead 2-1 in the top of the 13th.

The A's finished the game 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position. The Astros went 3-for-17.

The game featured 24 strikeouts, including 10 by six Houston relievers.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 8, 2020

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