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Monday, June 17, 2013

Oakland A’s sweep Yankees, struggle with Seattle

The Oakland Athletics have become a hot item in the AL West, as they have emerged into first place in the division. Oakland fans have been doing their trademark “Bernie Lean” with a bit more enthusiasm since the A’s three game sweep of the Yankees last week; however the Seattle Mariners might be the team to slow their roll.

The A’s have been flaunting their talented pitching as of late and their matchup against the generally-favored Yankees showcased their talents. The first game saw two veterans matched against each other in Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia. Colon helped the Athletics win against his old team, aided by six runs from the Oakland offense. The next two games displayed the talents of Oakland pitchers Dan Straily and Jarrod Parker, respectively as the sweep was finalized. A highlight of the series was an eighteenth inning victory brought about by two broken-bat singles by John Jaso and Nate Freiman.

As hot as Oakland has been, they seem to have hit rough seas in their current matchups against the division rival Mariners. June 14 and 15 both saw the A’s lose decisively at the hands of Seattle’s improving offensive bat. Sunday’s game brought a sense of redemption to the series as the Athletics crushed Seattle to the tune of a 10-2 win.

With one of the hottest bullpens in the American League, and electric players like Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, and Coco Crisp, the Oakland Athletics stand to prove that last year was no fluke.

Chris Flagler
Oakland A's Expert

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