Jason Giambi From Goat to Hero In a Matter of Six Innings

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IMay 27, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 23:  Jason Giambi #16 of the Oakland Athletics takes a curtain call after he hits his 400th career home run in the fourth inning of their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Oakland Coliseum on May 23, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland A's looked like again they would fail at an attempt to win a third straight game, but in the bottom of the seventh inning the A's luck changed and it was capped off with Jason Giambi driving in two runs on a hard hit single up the middle.

Before that though the only other scoring chance for the A's was all the way back in the bottom the first where the A's made Jarrod Washburn work through 28 pitches.

Orlando Cabrera lead off the game with a single followed by Kurt Suzuki lining a solid single into left field. Jack Cust grounded out to Jose Lopez who only got Suzuki at second base.

Washburn then walked Matt Holliday not wanting to give into Holliday and was able to strike out Giambi swinging on a pitch that would have been ball three.

Next batter up was the hero of Monday's game Adam Kennedy, unfortunately he couldn't find any of the success he had and grounded out to end the threat.

From that point on until the bottom of the seventh the A's didn't do much damage except for Washburn's pitch count.

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Washburn's line 6 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.

Luckily for the A's the game is not played in six innings because in the top of the seventh it looked like the Mariners had added another run to make the game 3-0 and out of reach for the A's who lack of offense has been well documented this season.

The Mariners brought in Miguel Batista too start the bottom of the seventh inning and he got Bobby Crosby to ground out for the first out, but that's when the problems started for Batista.

Batista had Rajai Davis in an 0-2 count and made a tough pitch on the outside part of the plate but Davis just blooped it into right field for a single. Up came Jack Hannahan who had an impressive at bat and drew a walk.

Orlando Cabrera came up to the plate and got the A's on the score board with a little dunk into right field and Davis was able to score all the way from second base because he read the play perfectly.

Kurt Suzuki was the next batter and he drew a walk and that was ultimately the last batter for Batista.

In came Make Lowe to face Jack Cust. Cust got a pitch to hit, but it didn't go very far and he flew out to shallow center field.

Matt Holliday on four pitches walked which allowed for Hannahan to score making the score 3-2 Mariners.

It was Giambi's turn again who in his previous at-bats as mentioned struck out swinging, but also he struck out looking, and hit a lazy foul ball to right field as well. The very first pitch Giambi saw he swung and hit a two run single to give the A's their first lead of the game at 4-3, and runners on first and second.

Kennedy was up again but this time he grounded out to short stop to end the A's scoring rally.

The Mariners wouldn't do anything else offensively the rest of the way with Craig Breslow coming in and taking care of Ken Griffey Jr and Russell Branyan and Santiago Casilla taking care of Jose Lopez.

Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his second save of the season he struck out the first two batters he faced and got Franklin Gutierrez to ground out to Cabrera to end the game, meaning that the A's finally got their first three game winning streak of the season and Giambi went from goat to hero in a matter of six innings.

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