Sunday was quite a nerve-wracking day for the Oakland Athletics. The A’s entered play in a collective funk, having lost the first three games of the four-game home set against the Baltimore Orioles and eight of their previous nine contests overall.
To say that Sunday’s tilt was a must-win game could have been an overstatement—but nobody would exactly argue against that sentiment. A loss would have given the Athletics a 13-13 record—a dismal free fall from their 12-4 start.
Instead, Oakland managed to pull out the victory, 9-8, in prototypical come-from-behind A’s fashion, salvaging a lone game in the series, but more importantly, stopping the bleeding to their wounded pride, if only for a moment. A 14-12 record surely looks and feels better.
Still, Baltimore came to Oakland and nearly took the entire series.
Thankfully, the Athletics’ exciting win does overshadow somewhat the tepid performances during the first three games of the series—ending on a high note will do that.
But there is no mistaking the overall disappointing stretch the A’s have found themselves in. Still, though one breathtaking win does not atone for the previous failures, hopefully the manner in which the A’s won will give them some confidence from the glory days of 2012 and provide momentum moving forward.
Here are five things we learned from Oakland’s series versus Baltimore.