Not much to say for this one other than the fact that despite a 12-1 shellacking to the Angels, the A’s still reduced their magic number to 7 with Texas’ latest loss (the Rangers may never win again, it appears).
Have to say, though, the Mike Trout home run in the eighth inning off Pedro Figueroa was worth the price of admission, one of the longest blasts I’ve ever seen at the Coliseum, and I go back to the Kingman/McGwire/Canseco days. It hit off a window of a luxury suite in straightaway center, some 30 feet above the 400-foot sign. It was traveling on a line when it caromed off the glass, so one can only surmise how far the ball might have traveled unimpeded. Even to the point of where it struck the window, it was measured at 421 feet from home plate (and that doesn’t account for the height).
Jarrod Parker didn’t have it on this night, but it appears he might have still been feeling some after-effects of the illness that derailed him Sunday and he was pitching with an extra day’s rest. That’s good for most pitchers this time of year, but Parker has had such a magnificent rhythm pitching every five days, and he admitted afterward it felt like it’d been forever since he was out there.
So it’s 19 consecutive starts without a defeat, good for second in franchise history dating back to 1901. Not bad. Parker was 9-0 during that run but the A’s were only 12-7. It’s probably fitting that Parker didn’t equal or surpass Lefty Grove’s phenomenal run in 1931, when he went 21 starts without a defeat. After all, Grove actually won all 21 of those starts with 20 complete games. He also made 10 relief appearances during that streak. He was 31-4 that season.
With apologies to Parker, numbers like that deserve to remain No. 1.
Don’t forget our live chat with outfielder Josh Reddick Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. — a rare chance to connect with an A’s player online.