Oakland A’s look to rebound in series finale against Boston Red Sox
The Oakland Athletics snapped their four-game winning streak on Wednesday, but they’ve still got a chance to win the four-game series against the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The two teams play their finale Thursday afternoon.
The A’s pitching staff also saw a couple of impressive streaks end on Wednesday. They shut out the Red Sox in the first two games this week, and ran up 22 consecutive scoreless innings against them — 25 consecutive scoreless innings overall — before finally allowing a run in the fifth inning of the third game. The rotation had also enjoyed six straight starts of exactly six innings and one run allowed or fewer, but Marco Estrada was unable to extend that streak due largely to a defensive miscue behind him.
On Thursday, Brett Anderson will look to get Oakland back on track. The left-hander threw six scoreless frames against the Los Angeles Angels in his season debut on Saturday.
The A’s will be without one of their best players, though, as Matt Chapman gets the day off. The star third baseman was hit by a pitch on the wrist on Wednesday, though manager Bob Melvin doesn’t sound worried long-term.
“That was his surgically repaired wrist, the left one,” said Melvin. “A little sore as the game went along, a little sore today, so the prudent thing to do especially in the stretch that we’re in, 18 in a row, we were gonna give him a day off during this stretch anyway so we’ll give him off today and hopefully he’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
The rest of the A’s lineup, including Chad Pinder filling in at third base, will face Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Oakland saw Rodriguez once last year, in May, and scored three runs off him in five innings in an eventual A’s victory.