Jed Lowrie Fails to Deliver Late-Inning Heroics as A's Slide Continues

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 28, 2013

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics reacts at second base after hitting what was called a foul ball in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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On the day that the Oakland A's honored their 1973 World Champion team with a pregame ceremony, the A's had a chance to add to another legacy.

In 2012, the A's led MLB with 15 walk-off wins (including one in the postseason) en route to winning the AL West division crown.

On Saturday, the A's fell behind 7-3 as they went to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning.  With the bases loaded and only one out, newcomer Jed Lowrie came to the plate.  Lowrie watched the A's late-game heroics from afar in 2012 as a member of the Houston Astros.

When Lowrie came to the plate with the bases loaded, a grand slam would have tied the game, but all the A's needed was a clutch hit to start a rally.  Lowrie hit into a game-ending double-play, and the A's were unable to recreate their late-game magic from last year.

The A's have been in a slump to say the least over the last couple of weeks.  They have played just one game recently in which all phases of the game were in tune as they destroyed the Boston Red Sox 13-0 at Fenway Park.

The A's starting pitcher in that blowout was Bartolo Colon, who will take the mound on Sunday as Oakland looks to avoid a four-game sweep by the Baltimore Orioles at home.

While Colon  returns to the mound for his turn in the rotation, the A's also have another player returning to the team.  Yoenis Cespedes will come off the 15-day DL to return to an Oakland A's team in dire need of some new energy.

Cespedes could be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling team which at one point in the season was 12-4, yet is now just one game above .500.