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For the A’s Jake Smolinski, the fun starts in center field

Jake Smolinski has been putting on a defensive show in center since getting the chance from the A’s. Jake Smolinski can’t fly, but as he showed Tuesday night in the Coliseum, he can put on a good impression. He did it in the eighth inning Tuesday, racing into the right center field gap to chase down a rocket off the bat of pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall. It was, to say the least...
Via Inside the A's
4 days ago

Eyeball Scout: Getting To Know Healy, Smolinski, Muncy

As "small sample theatre" becomes "medium sample theatre," some of the A’s who are playing a lot so that Oakland can "see what it has" are revealing more and more of who they are, what they have, and what they lack. Ryon Healy While acknowledging that Healy will probably settle into being primarily a pull hitter, the Eyeball Scout has always urged Healy to use right-center field...
Via Athletics Nation
7 days ago

Smolinski, Neal help A's win second straight over Orioles

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jake Smolinski singled and scored the deciding run in the third inning, rookie Zach Neal earned his first career win as a starter and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Tuesday night. Danny Valencia and Khris Davis drove in a run apiece as the A's won consecutive games for the first time since July 26-27 to keep Wade Miley winless...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Game #113: A's 2, Orioles 1

Lead unexpectedly by Zach Neal and Jake Smolinski, the A's squeaked out a narrow victory in tonight's game by a final score of 2-1 on Jewish Heritage Night. The life-long minor league starter, primarily relegated to the A's bullpen in a mop-up role, stepped up big time in his second start of the season by pitching 5+ innings of one run baseball and just two hits allowed. The A's...
Via Athletics Nation
18 days ago

Marveling at the odd season of Oakland A’s outfielder Jake Smolinski

In 2015, Jake Smolinski had a pretty normal year for a guy hovering between Triple-A and MLB. That is, the path he took and the numbers he posted on the way all made logical sense. When the Oakland A’s picked up Smolinski last year he was annihilating Triple-A, hitting over .400 with airtight plate discipline and absurd power. He more or less kept it up in Nashville, and his...
Via Athletics Nation
18 days ago

Smolinski's 3-run pinch-hit HR leads A's past Giants 13-11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during Oakland's five-run eighth inning that carried the Athletics to a 13-11 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. The A's overcame a pair of three-run deficits by scoring four runs in the sixth and five in the eighth to win their second straight game in the Bay Bridge Series and cap...
Via Associated Press
June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Smolinski instantly making presence felt for A's

Outfielder Jake Smolinski has only played in four games for the Oakland Athletics since joining the club since being recalled on July 7, but he's already contributed quite a bit.  Smolinski, claimed by the A's after the Texas Rangers placed him on waivers in June, has been filling in as an extra outfielder for the A's and facing left-handed pitching. On Saturday, Smolinski delivered...
Via FOX Sports
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

A's call up hot-hitting Smolinski for outfield depth

Jake Smolinski, an outfielder recently claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics, was called up on Tuesday after demolishing Triple-A pitching in his few weeks with the Nashville Sounds. In exchange, right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt (who filled in admirably for new All-Star Sonny Gray while Gray dealt with bacterial gastroenteritis last week) was optioned back to Nashville. ...
Via FOX Sports
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

A's claim Smolinski off waivers, stash him at Triple-A Nashville

On Sunday, the Oakland Athletics beefed up their minor league outfield depth by claiming Jake Smolinski off waivers from the Texas Rangers. The club then optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, as announced by the club on Twitter: In 2014, Smolinski stepped up in the wake of the Rangers' unlucky injury barrage, hitting .349/.391/.512 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 24 games (spread...
Via FOX Sports
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Smolinski Hopes to Return to his 2014 Form Next Season

Jake Smolinski raises his glove after one of two diving catches he pulled off against the Angels on Saturday. (Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports) Today’s lineup rundown player is Jake Smolinski. He’s the pride of Rockford, Ill. and he’ll be sure to leave it all out on the field next season. For those who would like to follow, I will be posting a link at the bottom...
Via The Sports Journal
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

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