Indians manager Terry Francona left games twice last month due to dizziness and shortness of breath. He was checked out on both occasions and no serious medical issues were discovered. That’s not the end of the story, however.
Yesterday Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters that Francona is undergoing tests at Cleveland Clinic and that he would will not manage the team in their game against the Padres. And he did not. Antonetti said that “they’re in the process of trying to narrow down exactly what’s been causing his symptoms.” Francona was at the ballpark before the game yesterday, however, so his non-work routine is relatively uninterrupted.
It’s unclear if Francona will be back tonight. We’ll know around the time clubhouses open in a few hours.
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.