And the bullpen held up!
When the opponent offers you free help, take advantage of it.
That’s what the Oakland A’s did on Thursday, capitalizing on some mistakes by the Kansas City Royals to cruise to a 7-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals committed a fielding error, pegged three batters, and uncorked four wild pitches, and the A’s lineup cashed in on the opportunities.
There were two key innings for Oakland. In the 3rd they rallied for four runs, and most of it was made possible by a weird mental mistake by Kansas City. The game stayed close for the rest of the day, until the 9th when they scored three more on one hit — one of the runs was a complete gift, on a HBP followed by three wild pitches.
On the other side of the ball, the A’s pitching staff held a lead for the second straight day. The Royals homered in the 1st inning but then never scored again, going hitless with runners in scoring position.
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