Fortunes certainly have changed in a hurry for the Oakland Athletics this season.
After starting the campaign 0-6, the worst mark in Oakland A’s history, the club has ripped off nine straight wins, with the latest victory a 7-0 romp over the Twins on Tuesday. That was the first game of a doubleheader, so the day could actually end with 10 wins in a row for the Athletics.
In Game 1, Mitch Moreland had two home runs and starting pitcher Sean Manaea pitched a complete-game shutout (over seven innings due to the doubleheader). But the most spectacular play of the game came from power-hitting first baseman Matt Olson.
Check out this Grand Slam he hit to put the game away by the final 7-0 tally. He pulls the baseball hard to right field, but the ball hits the foul pole.
Did you see that bit of body English from Olson at the plate? He leaned to the left, willing that baseball fair. It’s great work from Olson, who worked on keeping the ball in play to all fields during spring training.
Whether the Athletics notch that 10th win or not, this has been an exceptional turnaround for Oakland. If they’re to keep rolling, the entertaining Olson will likely be in the thick of it, using his will to find a way.
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