BALTIMORE – Leave it to a guy from SoCal to describe what's happening with his team from NoCal.
“It’s tubular right now,” A's pitcher Cole Irvin said.
The Oakland Athletics earned their 12th consecutive victory -- the club's longest winning streak in almost two decades — defeating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday night.
Irvin, from Anaheim, California, took a shutout into the sixth inning to keep the A's rolling.
Oakland’s string is its longest since it won a franchise-record 20 in a row in 2002. It is the Athletics’ third-longest winning streak since moving to Oakland in 1968, and is the longest in the majors since Houston’s 12-game run from June 6-18, 2018.
Ramón Laureano homered and Irvin won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly two years as the A’s improved to 13-1 since dropping their first six games.
“We are absolutely in this thing and we’re having a lot of fun," Irvin said. "Even when we went on that little six-game skid, there was no panic in the locker room. In years past, I’ve seen it definitely encompass a room. The guys were more together during those six games.
“Right now, the vibes are really now. They’re high. We’re enjoying riding the wave right now,” he said.