OAKLAND — There seems to be a magical connection between Jed Lowrie and the A’s uniform. That’s about the only way to make sense of this unexpected career rejuvenation he currently finds himself in.
Lowrie’s hot-hitting ways continued in Thursday’s 8-4 win over the Tigers at the Oakland Coliseum. The second baseman’s presence in the middle of the A’s lineup has been a key reason for their offensive surge during their five-game winning streak, with his team-high batting average improving to .348 after a 2-for-4 night.
Crushing an RBI single in the seventh inning at 108.1 mph — his hardest-hit ball ever tracked by Statcast (which dates back to 2015) — Lowrie, who turns 37 on Saturday, registered his sixth consecutive game with an RBI. It was also his fifth straight multi-hit game, which matches the longest streak of his 13-year career.
Signed to a Minor League deal in February coming off two years of mostly inactivity with the Mets — he played nine games in 2019 and none in ’20 — Lowrie has had no rust to shake off. He began Cactus League action and immediately looked like the Lowrie whom the A’s saw during his last stint with Oakland in 2018, when he was an All-Star for the first time and had 23 homers, 37 doubles and 99 RBIs.