The current homestand might serve as the catalyst if the Oakland Athletics turn this season around.
In the first five games, the Athletics have pitched a no-hitter and three walk-off wins.
The latest to play the starring role is Ramon Laureano. The 24-year-old hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Oakland to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum.
Matt Olson started the winning rally by working a seven-pitch leadoff walk from losing pitcher A.J. Cole. Kendrys Morales followed with a single on a 1-2 pitch. Stephen Piscotty laid down a perfect bunt on the first pitch to advance both runners.
It was Oakland’s first sacrifice bunt of the season and first in 84 games.
With the infield drawn in, Laureano popped one into no-man’s land in shallow right. The ball dropped behind second baseman Jason Kipnis and in front of hard charging right-fielder Jordan Luplow to give the A’s their fourth victory in five games.
According to Baseball Savant, the ball had an expected batting average of .070.
Blake Treinen picked up the win despite blowing his second save of the season. Treinen allowed a game-tying single from Leonys Martin with two outs in the top of the ninth.
It was the first run Treinen has given up at home since July 31, 2018, a record span for an Oakland reliever of 32.2 innings.
Cole suffered the loss while making his first appearance of the season. The 27-year-old was called up by the Indians prior to the game. Cole pitched 1.1 innings in relief of a sensational Trevor Bauer.
Bauer allowed two runs on two hits, walked three and struck out 10 in seven innings. Both runs were unearned.
Marcus Semien opened the bottom of the first by reaching on an error by Jose Ramirez. Semien stole second and scored on a single by Matt Chapman.
Oakland deployed the opener strategy for the first time this season. Liam Hendriks got the starting nod and pitched one scoreless inning.
Aaron Brooks replaced Hendriks in the second inning and pitched into the sixth. Brooks allowed seven baserunners in four-plus innings, but the only run he gave up was Martin’s solo homer in the fifth.
Bauer couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning as Nick Hundley hit a Little League Home Run to give the lead back to Oakland.
Hundley crushed a drive that bounced off the out-of-town scoreboard in left. After misplaying the carom, Jake Bauers threw wildly past third base, allowing Hundley to score. Hundley was credited with a triple.
Brooks left in the sixth after putting the first two batters on. Yusmeiro Petit relieved Brooks and needed just 10 innings to escape the inning with no damage.
The game stayed status quo until the ninth.
After needing just 12 pitches to pitch two innings Friday night, Treinen allowed a leadoff single to Luplow. Mike Freeman sacrificed Luplow on the first pitch as well.
After Carlos Gonzalez struck out, Martin tied the game with an opposite-field single off a 1-0 cutter on the inner part of the plate.
The Indians were hitless in 11 at-bats with RISP before Martin’s hit.
WP: Blake Treinen (2-2, 2.70) LP: A.J. Cole (0-1, 6.75)
Time: 3:13 Attendance 18,278 Record: 19-22