Jed Lowrie made sure the A’s started the last half of the season with a bang. Lowrie hit a two-run, walk-off home run within the bottom of the ninth inning off Emmanuel Clase because the A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 before an announced crowd of 12,361 at the Coliseum. Elvis Andrus started the ninth inning with one to right field. After Matt Olson lined bent second base, Lowrie turned on Clase’s 100 mph four-seam fastball and deposited it within the right-field seats within the A’s first game back after the all-star break. “It was one among those things that I had to urge an honest pitch to hit, because if you chase something out of the zone against 100 mile-an-hour cutter,” Lowrie said, “you’re probably not getting to have tons of success.”
Lowrie’s heroics gave the A’s their eighth walk-off victory of the season, as they remained 3 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros for first place within the American League West. “When we’re within a run or are tied within the ninth, we always have a very good feeling,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We have an excellent diary of walk-offs, so as soon as Elvis gets on, in our dugout, we thought we were getting to win the sport .” Lowrie had put up solid numbers at the plate through the primary three months of the season but has really caught fire this month.
Lowrie went 3-for-5 with three RBI on Friday as he extended his hitting streak to seven games. In his last six games before the break, Lowrie went 10-for-24, and within the A’s last series against the Texas Rangers before the break, he went 5-for-12 with two homers and 4 RBI. OAKLAND, CA – JULY 16: Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie (8) and Tony Kemp (5) celebrate Lowrie’s two-run walk-off home run within the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians during an MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
“As long as I’ve known Jed, he’s just about been doing this,” A’s starter Sean Manaea said, “so I assume to me it’s not really anything crazy.”
“I’ll point to our little slogan this year — ride the wave,” Lowrie said. “It’s an extended season, you get tons of at-bats, so you only quite need to take the great with the bad and just quite stay even-keeled and still run through everything.” The A’s and each other big-league team is functioning off the rust after a four-day layoff, which manifested itself for Oakland at various times Friday. Matt Olson also had an RBI and Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run in his return to the lineup because the A’s built a three-run lead. Manaea, though, couldn’t make it past the sixth inning and Yusmeiro Petit was but perfect in relief.
The A’s also stranded 10 runners for the sport, including two within the sixth inning and three within the seventh. Oakland loaded the bases loaded with one call at the seventh, but Indians reliever Bryan Shaw got both Moreland and Sean Murphy to strike out looking. OAKLAND, CA – JULY 16: Oakland Athletics reliever Sergio Romo (54) throws within the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians during an MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Melvin said before Friday’s game about the layoff that “you’re always a touch worried simply because of the rust, but other teams are handling an equivalent thing. So I don’t think you set an excessive amount of stock within the first few games.”
Andrus went 3-for-5 with a run scored and also made the defensive play of the sport. With Bradley Zimmer on second base within the third inning, Andrus dove to his right to grab a liner from Cesar Hernandez, potentially saving a run. Andrus then flipped the ball to Lowrie for a highlight-reel baseball play . Manaea allowed a solo home run to Roberto Pérez within the fifth inning and an RBI single to Franmil Reyes within the sixth. With the A’s leading 3-2, Manaea was replaced by Petit with one call at the sixth. Harold Ramirez’s sacrifice scored Jose Ramirez from third base, and Petit allowed a solo home run to Zimmer with one call at the seventh. Manaea was trying to find his first win since Flag Day when he allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in what became an 8-5 A’s convert the l. a. Angels.
Since then, Manaea had been a hard-luck starter, going 0-4 in games before Friday despite a 3.91 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .213 average. therein time, Manaea received just four runs of support, because the four-game streak represented a career-high. OAKLAND, CA – JULY 16: Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea (55) walks off the sector after being taken out of the sport within the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians during an MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
“I felt a touch rusty here and there,” Manaea said, “but overall I felt specialized .”
The A’s won’t have the posh of easing into the last half of the season over the subsequent few weeks. The A’s play the Indians again on Saturday and Sunday and finish their homestand with games against the l. a. Angels on Monday and Tuesday. then, Oakland begins a 10-game road trip, starting with four games against the Seattle Mariners. Melvin said because the last half begins, he’s trying to find more consistency. The A’s had a 13-game win streak in April, but also went 15-14 in May and entered Friday with a 4-6 record this month.