Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier didn’t exactly have a great week last week, botching a couple of ground balls to the outfield that turned into inside-the-park home runs. He made up for that somewhat on Wednesday afternoon against the Indians, robbing Jason Kipnis of a solo home run to center field to end the game in a 7-4 victory for his Rays.
At the plate, Kiermaier went 1-for-5. He’s hitting .229/.320/.331 with three home runs, 11 RBI, and 21 runs scored on the season.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.