Athletics Stat of the Day: August 2021

September 2nd, 2021 is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Athletics this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Aug. 31: A's 9, Tigers 3 -- Chapman swinging it big
Matt Chapman homered twice in the win, which marked Oakland's 12th straight at Comerica Park. The A's third baseman has 23 round-trippers on the season, including four in his past five games. Tuesday marked his eighth career multihomer game -- and his second this season after another two-homer showing on Aug. 14 against the Rangers.

Aug. 29: A’s 3, Yankees 1 -- A’s a Sunday night winner
Hosting Sunday Night Baseball at the Coliseum for the first time since 2014, the A's snapped an eight-game losing streak when playing Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Their previous win on Sunday Night Baseball was on Sept. 12, 2004, against Cleveland.

Aug. 28: A's 3, Yankees 2 -- Speedy Marte creates 20-20 club
Starling Marte continued to wreak havoc on the bases with two stolen bases on Saturday, which pushed his MLB-leading total to 42. After stealing 22 bases with the Marlins earlier this season, he has now stolen 20 bags with the A's since joining the club via trade on July 28. He is the first player in Major League history to total at least 20 stolen bases in both the National League and American League in the same campaign.

Aug. 27: Yankees 8, A's 2 -- A season-high deficit
The A's are now a season-high 6 1/2 games back of the Astros for first place in the American League West. Prior to this, Oakland's largest deficit was six on July 28.

Aug. 26: Yankees 7, A's 6 -- Riding solo
With three more solo home runs in the series opener vs. the Yankees, the A's continue to lead the Majors with 114 solo homers on the season.

Aug. 24: Mariners 5, A's 1 -- Petit joins the 500 club
Entering the game in relief on Tuesday, Yusmeiro Petit reached a milestone by pitching in his 500th career game. He is now one of just 24 active players in baseball with at least 500 games pitched.

Aug 23: Mariners 5, A's 3 -- Olson bests Reggie, Big Mac
Matt Olson's 32nd homer of the year, a solo shot off Marco Gonzales, was also his 17th homer against a left-handed pitcher this season. In addition to leading the Majors with 17 homers struck off lefties, Olson now holds the single-season Oakland record for most home runs against left-handed pitching, surpassing the previous record of 16 shared by Reggie Jackson (1969) and Mark McGwire (1987).

Aug. 22: Giants 2, A's 1 -- Tough luck for Montas
On Sunday, Frankie Montas became the first pitcher in A's history to not get a win when throwing at least seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits or fewer and recording nine or more strikeouts.

Aug. 21: Giants 6, A's 5 -- Marte running like Rickey
With another stolen base against the Giants, Starling Marte became the first player to steal 15 bases in a 21-game span with the A's since Rickey Henderson did it in 1992. His 37 stolen bases on the year are tied with the Royals' Whit Merrifield for the most in the Majors.

Aug. 20: A's 4, Giants 1 -- Marte digs Interleague Play
With a big RBI double against the Giants, Starling Marte pushed his Interleague Play hitting streak to 13 games. Over that span, which dates back to April 2, Marte is batting .481 (25-for-52).

Aug. 19: A's 5, White Sox 4 -- A's homers no longer flying solo
Matt Olson's two-run home run in the seventh inning finally proved the A's can hit for power with runners on base. Prior to Olson's two-run bomb, Sean Murphy and Matt Chapman both hit solo shots, extending the club's solo-homer streak to 14 (the team also leads the Majors with 109 solo homers). Olson's dinger was the first non-solo home run for the A's since Jed Lowrie's three-run shot on Aug. 11.

Aug. 18: White Sox 3, A's 2 -- August 18, 2021
Though it's hard to fault him, considering he didn't know he was making his season debut until the late afternoon, Paul Blackburn only lasted 5 1/3 innings and took the loss in Chicago. Blackburn is the sixth consecutive A's starter to toss fewer than six innings, the club's longest stretch of the year.

Aug 17: White Sox 9, A's 0 -- Moreland's career era? 0.00
Down nine runs late in the game, DH/first baseman Mitch Moreland pitched the bottom of the eighth in Chicago, notching his third scoreless inning as a relief pitcher. Moreland's previous appearances in relief came in 2014 with the Rangers and in '17 with the Red Sox. To date, he's tossed three innings, allowing three hits and zero runs, striking out two along the way (including Zack Collins on Tuesday night).

Aug. 16: White Sox 5, A's 2 -- Chapman on a homer tear
Matt Chapman homered in the second inning, marking his third consecutive game with a home run and tying the longest streak of his career. He achieved this feat three other times in 2017, '19 and '20. Over his last three games, Chapman has four homers.

Aug. 15: Rangers 7, A's 4 -- Canha ends drought
Mark Canha's frustrations at the plate were erased with one swing as he connected on a solo shot off left-hander Kolby Allard to lead off the sixth inning. The homer was his 12th of the season and his first since June 4, breaking a career-worst 40-game homerless drought. The home run was also his fifth against a left-handed pitcher this season.

Aug. 14: A's 8, Rangers 3 -- Chapman cranks No. 100
Putting the cherry on top of Matt Chapman's two-homer night was the fact that his second, the game-tying blast in the seventh, also marked the 100th home run of his career. Saturday's game was also his seventh career multi-homer game and first since Aug. 20, 2020, against the D-backs.

Aug. 13: Rangers 8, A's 6 -- Olson hits a scorcher
Matt Olson's solo homer was hit at a game-high 112.9 mph and was also his hardest-hit home run of the season. In fact, the loud blast was the hardest one he's hit since June 22, 2017, when he connected on a homer against Lucas Giolito with an exit velocity of 113.3 mph.

Aug. 12: A's 17, Indians 0 -- Chapman ties record
Matt Chapman displayed impressive plate discipline in Thursday's blowout of the Indians by drawing a walk in his first five plate appearances. His five walks are tied for the most by an A's player over a single game in Oakland history, becoming the first to do so since Mark McGwire accomplished the feat on April 26, 1997, vs. Kansas City.

Aug. 11: A's 6, Indians 3 -- Canha's record-setting plunk
Hit by a pitch for the 21st time this season on Wednesday, Mark Canha now holds the Oakland A's single-season record for most hit by pitches. His 21 hit-by-pitches also lead the Majors.

Aug. 10: A's 4, Indians 3 (10) -- A superb bullpen effort
Tuesday's game produced one of the strongest bullpen efforts ever turned in by the A's, as six relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings and just one hit allowed. It marked the first time in A's history that their bullpen has thrown at least that many innings while allowing one hit or fewer and no runs.

Aug. 8: A's 6, Rangers 3 -- Stealing Marte
In what was his ninth game played with the A's, Starling Marte notched his third game in which he's recorded at least three hits and a stolen base. That's already the most such games by an A's player in a single season since 2015, when Billy Burns had five and Josh Reddick had four.

Aug. 7: A's 12, Rangers 3 -- A season-best onslaught
The A's scored seven runs in the third inning of Saturday's win and finished with 16 hits on the day. Both the seven-run frame and 16 hits were season highs in a single game for Oakland.

Aug. 6: A's 4, Rangers 1 (11 innings) -- Canha ties HBP record
Mark Canha was hit by a pitch for the 20th time this season, tying him for the most in A's history over a single season. With No. 20, Canha matched Don Baylor, who set the record with 20 in 1976, and Jason Kendall, who tied the feat in 2005.

Aug. 4: A's 5, Padres 4 (10 innings) -- Canha's 19th HBP
Mark Canha was hit by a pitch for the 19th time this season, which surpassed his previous career high of 18 in 2019. The left fielder is just one shy of the A's record for most in a season. Don Baylor holds the mark with 20 in 1976, with Jason Kendall matching the feat in 2005.

Aug. 3: Padres 8, A's 1 -- Issues with RISP
Frustrations on offense were at an all-time high for the A's on Tuesday night as they finished 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Prior to Tuesday's game, the A's had not gone worse than 0-for-7 in such situations over a single game this season.

Aug. 1: A's 8, Angels 3 -- Marte runs wild
Starling Marte showed off the skillset that made him one of the more coveted targets in this year's Trade Deadline. Swiping three bags against the Angels, Marte became the first A's player to collect at least three hits and three stolen bases since Coco Crisp on Aug. 6, 2011. The three-steal game was also Marte's first since July 6, 2018. His 26 stolen bases on the season are second-most in the Majors (Whit Merrifield, 27).