Stat of the Day: Diekman K makes A's history

July 24th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the A's this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

July 23: Mariners 4, Athletics 3 -- Diekman K makes A's history
In striking out J.P. Crawford to end the seventh inning of Friday night's game in Seattle, Jake Diekman etched himself into the A's record books. That strikeout marked the 90,000th strikeout in franchise history, dating back to 1901.

July 22: Athletics 4, Mariners 1 -- Manaea makes club history
Sean Manaea produced the type of dominance that hadn't been seen by an A's pitcher in over two decades. Recording a career-high 13 strikeouts with just one run allowed against the Mariners, Manaea became the first Athletics starter to record at least 13 strikeouts while allowing one run or fewer in a start since Todd Stottlemyre, who struck out 15 while allowing just one run over 10 innings against the Royals on June 16, 1995.

July 20: Athletics 6, Angels 0 -- Wilson's first big league hit
Jacob Wilson grinded away in the Minor Leagues for eight straight seasons and even spent the 2019 campaign playing in Korea before signing a Minor League deal with the A's this spring. After 802 Minor League games, the infielder was promoted to the Majors on July 8. Making his first big league start on Tuesday, Wilson finally picked up his first hit, singling off Angels starter José Suarez to lead off the bottom of the sixth.

July 19: Athletics 4, Angels 1
The A's are at their best when they're able to hit balls out of the ballpark on a consistent basis, with this night being a prime example. After out-homering the Angels, 2-0, the A's are 33-7 this season when hitting more homers than their opponents.

July 18: Indians 4, A's 2 -- Chapman's rare mistake
Matt Chapman misfired a throw to Matt Olson at first base after fielding a ground ball hit by Oscar Mercado to lead off the ninth inning of Sunday's game. Charged with his fourth error of the season, the rare defensive mishap snapped what was a career-high errorless streak of 52 games for the two-time Platinum Glove Award winner. The streak was also the seventh longest by a third baseman in Oakland history.

July 17: Indians 3, A's 2 -- Oakland's hit-by-pitches
Mark Canha and Aramis Garcia were both hit by a pitch on Saturday, bringing Oakland's team hit-by-pitch total to 52 on the season, which leads the American League.

July 16: A's 5, Indians 4 -- Walk-off capital of baseball
Over the last decade, the A's have given their home fans plenty of reasons to stick around late, and Friday night was another prime example as Jed Lowrie capped off a late comeback with a walk-off two-run homer. Since Bob Melvin took over as Oakland's manager on June 9, 2011, the A's have recorded 91 walk-off victories, the most in the Majors over that span.

July 11: Athletics 4, Rangers 1 -- Twice as nice
A day after Sean Murphy started a back-to-back home run string for the A's, the catcher followed Jed Lowrie to help the A's go back-to-back again on Sunday. An added bit of symmetry is that both pairs of home runs came in the second inning. The last time Oakland hit back-to-back homers on consecutive days was April 10-11, 2019, vs. the Orioles.

July 10: A's 8, Rangers 4 -- Brown sets record with blast
Seth Brown launched a no-doubt solo homer in the second inning that sailed an estimated 472 feet beyond the wall in right-center field. Not only was Brown's blast the longest by an Oakland player this season (by 10 feet, eclipsing a 462-foot shot from Chad Pinder), it also set the record for the longest home run at the Rangers' Globe Life Field, which opened its doors at the beginning of last season.

July 9: Rangers 3, A's 2 -- Another one-run contest
Tight games have been particularly prominent for the A's lately, as Friday marked their sixth one-run game out of their past seven overall. On the season, the Athletics' 28 one-run games are the most in the AL (the Mariners are second with 27, pending the outcome of Seattle's game with the Angels). Oakland is 14-14 in one-run contests, despite losing seven of nine.

July 8: A's 2, Astros 1 -- Lowrie on a tear
Jed Lowrie was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the A's 2-1 win over Houston on Thursday. Lowrie is batting .364 (16-for-44) with three home runs, seven RBIs and seven multihit games over his last 12 games.

July 7: Astros 4, A's 3 -- Andrus getting hot
Over his last 14 games, Elvis Andrus is batting .293 (17-for-58) with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.

July 6: Astros 9, A's 6 -- Lowrie on a roll
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the loss. Lowrie is batting .361 (13-for-36) with 3 home runs, 6 RBIs and 6 multi-hit games over his last 10 games.

July 4: Red Sox 1, A's 0 -- A rare 4th of July 'L'
The A's fell to the Red Sox on Sunday, 1-0, snapping an eight-game winning streak in Fourth of July games. This was their first loss on Independence Day since a 2-1 defeat against the Mariners in Seattle in 2011.

July 3: A's 7, Red Sox 6 -- The bats break out
The A's tied a season-high with 15 hits on Saturday. Their last 15-hit effort came June 22 on the road against the Rangers.

July 2: Red Sox 3, A's 2 -- Elvis (finally) left the building
Elvis Andrus blasted a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning of Friday's game to snap a streak of 269 at-bats without a home run, which stood as the second-longest active stretch of at-bats without a homer in the Majors behind David Fletcher's stretch of 292 at-bats with the Angels. The 79-game homerless streak was also the longest of Andrus' career since a 119-game streak from May 22, 2014-April 13, 2015.

July 1: Rangers 8, A's 3 -- Chapman getting on base
Matt Chapman drew a pair of walks on Thursday to push his on-base streak to 18 games, which stands as the second longest of his career. Chapman's career-best mark is 30 games, which he set from July 11-Aug. 17, 2018.