Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston1 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 3 10131
Oakland1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 160
  W: C. Javier (6-1)   L: L. Medina (0-4)
1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)2:07 PM CT, May 28, 2023
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 8,809

A's host Astros, look to stop 10-game losing streak

According to STATS
According to STATS

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

  1. Houston swept a three-game set against Oakland at Minute Maid Park last weekend, outscoring the A's, 10-3, over the series. In each of the last two seasons, the Astros have started strong in Oakland, winning five of the first six there in 2022 and six of the first seven in 2021 before getting swept in the final series.
  2. Houston scored 12 runs in Monday's series opener in Milwaukee, but snapped its eight-game win streak with consecutive shutout losses over the last two games. Houston is 7-5 against the AL West this season, but has gone 107-57 (.652) since 2021; only the Dodgers (.678) have been better in division play.
  3. Hunter Brown allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over 6.0 innings against the A's in his last start and tallied a career-high nine strikeouts. However, opponents are batting .313 against him in four May starts compared to .206 in five April starts.
  4. Yordan Alvarez is riding a 12-game hit streak against the A's and has scored a run in each of those games. His .698 slugging percentage against Oakland ranks third all-time behind Barry Bonds (.735) and Babe Ruth (.703, min. 150 PA).
  5. Oakland has lost eight straight since notching its tenth win, including all seven games of the road trip to Houston and Seattle. The A's are slashing .177/.231/.229 over those eight games and .214/.284/.346 this month, all second-worst in the AL (Guardians, .214/.276/.323).
  6. Ryan Noda is hitting .292 with five RBI over his last eight games after hitting .150 with four RBI over his previous 15 games. Noda is currently one plate appearance short of qualifying, but would rank fifth in the AL with a .398 on-base percentage this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2023 thru 5/26/2023
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Oakland Athletics expect manager Mark Kotsay back in the dugout and hope he'll bring some fresh bats with him when baseball's losingest team completes a three-game home series against the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Kotsay left the team Saturday to attend his daughter's high school graduation, and he missed more of the same as the A's dropped their 10th straight game, 6-3 to the Astros. Oakland hasn't scored more than three runs in any game in the losing streak.

Interim manager Darren Bush said his experience as the boss felt pretty much like any other day in the 44-loss season.

"It was exciting; don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it," Bush noted. "Kots and I talk a lot all the time. Obviously now I don't have Kots there bouncing ideas off him and going back and forth. But every day, you're running everything through your head. You're running all the scenarios through your head. (Saturday) was just another day doing it."

The A's were outhit 8-6 in Saturday's loss but walked four times. They wound up getting 11 opportunities with runners in scoring position; Shea Langeliers, with a two-run single in the eighth, came through with the biggest hit.

Meanwhile, the Astros got only six chances with runners in scoring position, but one chance resulted in a three-RBI double by Alex Bregman as part of a four-run eighth that spelled the difference in the game.

Jeremy Pena scored on Bregman's big hit and also contributed a two-run homer in the first inning in his return to the lineup after Dusty Baker had opted to go with Mauricio Dubon as Jose Altuve's double-play partner in the series opener.

"He's more in rhythm than some of the guys," Baker said of Pena, insisting the World Series hero's day off Friday was more of a rest than a benching. "Usually around the 200 at-bat mark, guys find their timing and get in their rhythm. You hope everybody finds that at this point because we're about one-third of the way through (the season)."

One member of the Astros definitely in a nice rhythm is Sunday's scheduled starter, right-hander Cristian Javier (5-1, 3.07 ERA), who is unbeaten in four starts in May, going 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA while striking out 29 in 25 innings. He allowed a combined two runs and six hits over 12 innings in his past two starts, which produced wins over the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.

The 26-year-old missed the A's visit last week -- a three-game series the Astros swept at home -- and has gone just 2-3 with a 4.81 ERA against them in his career over 11 appearances, including eight starts.

After getting an impressive bulk-innings relief effort from Hogan Harris in his second big-league game Saturday, the A's hope for more of the same from fellow rookie Luis Medina (0-3, 6.45) in a starter's role in the series finale.

In the wake of a less-than-stellar major-league debut in April in which he allowed seven earned runs in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels, Medina has been consistent in three May starts. He has given up three runs in each while going six innings twice and 5 1/3 innings in his most recent outing, a 3-2 loss at Seattle on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has never faced the Astros.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 28, 2023