Olson’s walk-off homer lifts A’s past Astros

Photo by Eric Taylor

Oakland, CA – An overturned call in the ninth change the entire game.  Pinch-runner Ramon Laureano scored on double play that was called out.  After the A’s challenged the call it was overturned and tied the game.

Matt Olson was the first batter to face Tony Sipp and homered on a line drive for the win.  Oakland’s 3-2 victory over the Astros put them one game behind in the American League West.  

“We’re never out of any game,” Laureano said. “That’s the way we feel.  Whether we’re losing by one run or 10 runs, whatever, we feel like we’ve got this game.  We feel like we have every inning, every pitch.  That’s what it takes to win a World Series.”

Olson hit his first career walk-off home run and recorded his 28th home run of the year.  It’s the A’s 8th walk-off home run of the season.  And maybe the wildest comeback this season thus far.

“Definitely one of the cooler things I’ve done in my career,” Olson said.  “That’s the most juiced I’ve gotten on the field, for sure, just for us to stay in that game.”

Photo by Eric Taylor

The A’s had a few opportunities with runners on base but failed to score, especially in the sixth.  But Oakland leads the league in runs scored in the eighth and proved any inning after is a time to dominate.  

Chad Pinder walked in the ninth, pinch-runner Laureano replaced him.  Nick Martini doubled on a lined drive to right field and Laureano rounded the base before sliding into home plate hands first for the score.

The home plate umpire called him out and the A’s challenge the play and the call was overturned.  Now a tie game at 3-3, the crowd rose to its feet and the momentum has changed.  An outstanding throw from Carlos Correa to home plate from Josh Reddick in right field.

“Everything I saw, he was out,” said Reddick.  “There was zero angle that showed him being safe and getting in there.  I have no idea what they saw there.  Everybody around here thinks they made the wrong call.” 

Houston used long ball to take a quick 2-0 lead in the fourth and fifth frames.  Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado both it solo home runs.  But the A’s tied the game 2-2 in the bottom off the fifth.  

In the sixth Lou Trevino walked two then Reddick hit a single up the middle driving in Marwin Gonzalez giving the Astros a 3-2 lead.  That was the last run they scored before the Oakland dominated the finals innings inter comeback victory.  

“When you have success doing it and you do it a number of times, it means you’re confident in those situations,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin.  “They’re just confident that they’re always going to come back and have a chance when it’s late.  Success breeds confidence, and we have plenty of both late in games.”


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