Stephen Vogt hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot against Jered Weaver, and the Oakland Athletics increased their AL West lead over the Los Angeles Angels to 3 ½ games with a 7-1 victory Wednesday night.
A day off couldn’t have come at a better time for an Oakland Athletics team that went on a tear for the last month to clinch its second consecutive AL West title while staying in the hunt for the league’s best record.
The Oakland Athletics aren’t satisfied with a second straight AL West title. Jed Lowrie will try to keep them rolling and help Oakland earn a share of the best record in the league Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Oakland A’s have September figured out. Don’t be surprised if this is the year they figure out October, too.
Though they come off a disappointing result, the Oakland Athletics figure to have a good chance to clinch their second straight division title by the end of their four-game home series with the struggling Minnesota Twins.
The AL West-leading Oakland Athletics sold out the normal Coliseum seating for the playoffs so fast Tuesday they have decided to open up additional seating in the third deck view level by removing the green tarps over those sections.
The A’s are all alone atop the AL West at the break for the first time since 1990. And that’s saying something for the defending division champions, who last June 30 trailed the Texas Rangers by 13 games before rallying to capture the West crown on the season’s final day.
The Oakland Athletics have lost a share of the AL West lead, but they’re starting to head in the right direction.
Another start by Bartolo Colon could help them stay on that path.
The Oakland Athletics can take comfort in knowing they’ll leave Texas still leading the AL West. They can pad their lead by extending the struggles of the second-place Rangers on Wednesday night.
There hasn’t been much of a home-field advantage in recent meetings between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels.