The Oakland A’s will need to win three consecutive games against the Houston Astros at home run-friendly Dodger Stadium to keep their season alive and send them to their first American League Championship Series since 2006.
The A’s have started a postseason series down 2-0 for the ninth time in franchise history. They’ve never erased the deficit.
But in their attempt Wednesday to avoid a sweep, they’ll have one of their most talented arms on the mound in rookie Jesús Luzardo.
With Houston sending right-hander José Urquidy to the mound, the A’s stacked their lineup similarly to how they’ve lined up against left-handers.
SS Marcus Semien
2B Tommy La Stella (L)
3B Chad Pinder
DH Khris Davis
1B Matt Olson 1B (L)
LF Mark Canha
RF Stephen Piscotty
CF Ramón Laureano
C Sean Murphy
LHP Jesús Luzardo
Designated hitter Khris Davis moved into the cleanup spot after hitting his third home run of the postseason in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss. Chad Pinder remains in the three hole after hitting a home run Tuesday, too.
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After an unsuccessful stint in the seven hole, Sean Murphy moved back to his home in the ninth spot, where he’s thrived this year.
Luzardo started in the A’s wild-card series opener against the Chicago White Sox last week. The rookie went 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, including two home runs. He was saddled with the loss pitching against Lucas Giolito, who took a perfect game into the seventh inning.
Luzardo did well in two starts against the Astros this regular season, allowing four earned runs over 12 2/3 innings, including a seven-inning, seven-strikeout performance in a 3-2 win Sept. 9.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports