The St. Louis Cardinals swooped into Oakland for a three-game set against the Athletics this past weekend. The series between two of baseball’s best teams featured some of baseball’s best players this season. Not surprisingly, the result was some pretty darn good baseball.
The A’s took the series by winning Sunday’s rubber game, 7-5. But the two teams were pretty evenly matched throughout the weekend. A likely outcome considering their similar keys to success.
At Sunday’s end, St. Louis left town with the second-best record in the National League, at 49-32. Meanwhile, Oakland pushed its record to 48-35 and kept pace in the American League West, a half-game behind the Texas Rangers.
After two beautifully pitched games on Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s finale was a slugfest and an ug-fest. Five combined home runs. Three errors. A few baserunning miscues. But the A’s walked away victorious to take two of three games from the mighty Cards.
Here are five standout performers for the Athletics during their series versus St. Louis.