MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Oakland0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 5110
Houston0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 x 7110
7
  W: L. Garcia (9-8)   L: S. Moll (2-1)   S: H. Neris (2)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 12, 2022
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 31,230

Astros look to give Luis Garcia more run support vs. A's

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros

  1. These teams have split 12 games this year, with Houston going 5-1 over the first two series and Oakland doing the same over the last two. This is the first-ever meeting between these clubs with one being 30+ games over .500 and the other being 30+ games under .500.
  2. Oakland has lost five in row, including most-recently suffering its American League-high 10th sweep of the year versus Anaheim. The 111 games that it took the A's to reach 70 losses are their second fewest in any season since moving to Oakland in 1968 (95 in 1979).
  3. Since the All-Star break, Seth Brown ranks tied for second in MLB with seven home runs (with Matt Chapman and Paul Goldschmidt) and second in OPS at 1.283 (minimum 50 plate appearances), bested only by Aaron Judge in both statistics (12, 1.519).
  4. Houston's pitching staff recorded double-digit strikeouts in all three games of its series versus Texas, giving the Astros 50 games this year with 10 or more pitching strikeouts, the third most in MLB. Of those 50 games, an MLB-high 22 have come since July 1.
  5. With a .295 batting average, 31 home runs and 74 RBI, Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros in all three Triple Crown categories this year and one of two players leading his team in all three in 2022 (Paul Goldschmidt). No Astro has ever led the club in all three over an entire season.
  6. Luis Garcia took the loss after yielding four runs in 5.2 innings the last time he faced the A's (7/26) but has held them to a .139 batting average over four career starts. Adam Oller has a 5.79 ERA in two starts versus Houston, but Oakland is 2-0 in those games (7/17 and 7/25).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2022 thru 8/14/2022

The Houston Astros have scored the fourth-most runs in the American League this season and own the second-best run differential, but it's difficult to tell by looking at right-hander Luis Garcia's past three outings.

Garcia (8-8, 3.93 ERA) will try to end a three-start losing streak when he takes the mound against the visiting Oakland Athletics on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Garcia's last three losses have had more to do with a lack of run support than his performance, however. Houston, which averages nearly 4 1/2 runs a game, has combined to score six runs in those games.

The Astros bettered that number in a 7-3 win against the visiting Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon.

Two of Garcia's outings in the skid have been on the road, including his last start, when he surrendered four runs and a season-high nine hits in six innings of a 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

Garcia is looking forward to pitching at Minute Maid Park again.

"To be honest, when I pitch on the road, it's not the same as home," Garcia said. "I feel different."

Garcia liked the chemistry he had with catcher Christian Vasquez in that game. Garcia arrived via trade from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 1.

"With Vazquez, it was good. Everything went well," Garcia said. "I'm happy that he's here to help us."

Garcia is 1-1 in four career starts against Oakland with a 3.05 ERA.

His current losing streak started against the A's on July 26, when he gave up four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-3 loss in Oakland.

The A's plan to start rookie right-hander Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63).

Oller's only win came against the visiting Astros on July 25, when he gave up four runs (three earned) and four hits in five innings of a 7-5 win.

Oller started eight days earlier in Houston and did not receive a decision in the 4-3 victory. He gave up three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Oller, who came to Oakland in March in a trade that sent right-hander Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets, was born just outside Houston and still lives in the area.

The A's designated veteran infielder Jed Lowrie for assignment before their game on Wednesday. In his third stint with Oakland, the 38-year-old was hitting .180 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 50 games.

He made his lone All-Star Game appearance with Oakland in 2018.

"He's been a part of some great clubs, especially of late," Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. "He's had some great moments here, so definitely not an easy day."

In a corresponding move, the A's recalled outfielder Cal Stevenson from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday.

He made his major league debut against the Los Angeles Angels that night and went 1 for 3 with a single, walk and sacrifice bunt in the 5-4 loss in 12 innings.

"Cal had a good day," Kotsay said. "He got his first big league hit, which is great. He took some good at-bats, got on base. The last at-bat of the game, he goes from 0-2 to 3-2 and barrels the baseball. ... Overall, the assessment from just watching him today. ... he's got control of the strike zone."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 12, 2022


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