Oakland A’s Extend Win Streak to 11 in Dramatic Fashion

Oakland Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus in 2021
Oakland Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus in 2021. Photo by Terry Schmitt/Shutterstock (11844025s)

After a terrible 0-6 start to the season, the Oakland Athletics have been playing some darn good baseball lately. It seems like almost everything has been going their way—and such was certainly the case in their last game, when they won their 11th straight on a mere stroke of luck.

They were squared off against the Minnesota Twins, and the game had just gone into extra innings. The Twins took a 12-11 lead in the top of the tenth, and it looked like the A’s win-streak would finally be snapped.

In the bottom of the tenth, Oakland outfielder Ramon Laureano stood at the plate with the bases loaded, two outs, behind the count at 1-2, and his team behind one run.

Things looked even worse when he hit a fierce grounder down the third base line. Although he hit it hard, this should’ve been an easy routine play for Minnesota third baseman Luis Arraez. But the A’s good fortune was about to continue.

Arraez scooped up the ball and proceeded to throw it to first base. The only problem was, his throw was way off the mark. It overshot the first baseman, and Oakland was able to score two runs to win the game.

This crazy ending illustrates perfectly how things have been going for the Oakland Athletics. We look forward to seeing how long this win streak of theirs goes on for.

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