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  W: J. Koenig (1-2)   L: B. Singer (3-2)
1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)2:07 PM CT, June 19, 2022
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 14,341

Slumping A's look to avoid getting swept by Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Royals have lost 24 of the last 33 meetings with the A's, including the last three in Oakland. They haven't won a series anywhere since taking two of three games in Colorado from May 13-15.
  2. Royals SS Bobby Witt Jr. has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (.464/.469/.714) with a homer, four RBI and eight runs scored. Seven of his eight homers have come against right-handed pitching, against which he's batting .269. He has a .175 average vs. lefties.
  3. Royals RHP Brad Keller is 0-6 with a 7.23 ERA and .917 opponents' OPS in seven starts since his lone win of the season on May 3. His 9.45 ERA in two career starts vs. Oakland is his highest against any opponent.
  4. The A's have lost five straight home games and 20 of their last 23 at RingCentral Coliseum, where they rank last in the majors in team batting (.200), on-base percentage (.270) and slugging (.299). They average 2.6 runs per game at home, nearly half a run fewer than any other team.
  5. A's RHP Cole Irvin has allowed one run or fewer in four of his five starts at home, posting a 1.61 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He has a 1.38 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in two starts against Kansas City, his lowest totals against any opponent he's faced more than once.
  6. A's SS Elvis Andrus is hitless in his last 17 at-bats, his longest drought since going 0-for-24 from April 1-8 last season. He's 12-for-24 (.500) with seven RBI during a six-game hitting streak against the Royals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2022 thru 6/19/2022

Jared Koenig hopes his first start at home turns out better than his first two on the road when he leads the Oakland Athletics against the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon.

The Royals are expected to counter with right-hander Brady Singer (3-1, 4.24) as they seek a fourth straight win in the San Francisco Bay Area, having beaten the Giants 3-2 in their series finale on Wednesday.

The left-handed Koenig (0-2, 11.25) went four innings in each of his first two starts, allowing four runs in a 13-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves and all six runs in a 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

A former standout at Aptos High and Cal State Monterey Bay along the California coast, Koenig has experience pitching in the Bay Area. He spent two seasons with the semi-pro San Rafael Pacifics in the North Bay before moving on to Lake Erie of the Frontier League and one year in Australia.

Kansas City has used dominant pitching to win the first two games Friday and Saturday, getting sparkling performances by Daniel Lynch and Brad Keller, two starters who had been a combined 3-14 entering the series.

"Offensively, we haven't been able to put innings together and put at-bats together the last four or five games," lamented A's manager Mark Kotsay after his team was two-hit by Keller and two relievers Saturday. "Our pitching has been really, really good at the other end of the spectrum.

"We gotta score. We gotta score runs to win games. And, unfortunately, the offense hasn't gotten into a rhythm."

That's especially been a problem at home, where the A's have lost eight in a row. They've totaled 11 runs in those games.

And Sunday, Oakland will have to deal with Singer, the Royals' top starter.

The 25-year-old has pitched well his last two times out. He beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 with five innings of three-run ball, then received a no-decision Monday against the Giants despite allowing just two hits and two runs in five innings.

He's faced the A's just once previously, getting a no-decision in a 4-3 loss at Oakland last June. He allowed three runs in six innings that day, with two of the runs coming on a home run by Seth Brown.

Salvador Perez has caught all five games of the two-venue tour of the Bay Area this week. And even though he hasn't had a day off since May 27, the 32-year-old gives no indication he won't be there for Singer on Sunday.

"I like San Francisco and here," he said of Oakland. "The weather. I feel fresh. There's an opportunity to be behind home plate (more). It's not that hot. I feel more fresh. I like to play here."

Perez has hits in three of his five starts this week, including his 10th home run of the season in Friday's 5-1 win.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 19, 2022

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