HOUSTON – When Khris Davis led a two-run blast on the Minute Maid Park train tracks in the second inning Tuesday of the Astros' 21-7 blast, he paved the way for Oakland with some in the most practical home run-hitting club in baseball history.
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Worthy Davis, the reigning MLB home runner, entered the year with more homers than any player since the start of the 2016 season, is the one to stop this historic achievement. But in an era where power figures aren't unique for the A's slugger, running at home Tuesday – in a win that helped protect A's their Card Card – might be the spark needed to land him.
"There was almost another," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Davis, who was robbed by a second homer in a leaping catch by Josh Reddick in the fourth. "He seems to be swinging the bat a little better than he has. Not just the homers, he's getting some hits and hitting the ball the other way. He's feeling better about himself. It's a man. that might help us, as he has in the past. Hopefully heats up some. "
Since June 19, Davis has had three homers over 57 games before Tuesday. He went into the night with 286 players more home runs than he has this season, but Davis was mindful of all the wonders he could do with the bat.
Davis loaded a first-pitch change from Astros relosver Cy Sneed for a majestic shot, tagged 104.2 mph off the bat and sent an expected 422 feet, registered as his longest running home since April 12, according to Statcast.
This is not the only historic home run of the night for Oakland. Olson, who hit his 30th and 31st seasons, joined
Olson and Chapman also give away two A-30 30-homer hitters at a time for the first time since Frank Thomas and Nick Swisher in 2006. Olson's success only gets more impressive when he you factor in the 35 games he missed at the start of the season.
"This is one of the top players in the game," Melvin said of Olson. "He gets big hits, he hits home runs and plays fantastic defense. He's a foundation for us. The numbers are awful right now, and nobody says what they would look like if he had an additional six weeks. "
missed time due to a hamate surgery on his right hand. That was basically a scheme that left hitters without much power in the early going, but Olson threw that philosophy away by putting seven home runs in his first 21 games back from surgery and took over ever since. the 30-homer mark said. "I didn't know what to expect because I heard power is something that has taken a long time to come back. I'm happy with where I'm coming back from injury and we're just glad to be playing winning baseball."
Running the house was in stark contrast to the A's offense, after seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, matching Oakland's season-high for first-period hits. All eight hits in Tuesday's opening frame were singles.
Speaking of contrast, seven of the eight first-inning hits came to Astros starter Wade Miley, who was chased from the game only one start to his start. That's a big difference from the last time he faced Miley's A's in Houston on July 23, when Oakland calmly held on to two runs in eight outings.
"The last time we were here, he was speeding us up and we were swinging on pitches that we didn't normally swing," Olson said. "I think now we are focused on not allowing him to speed us up. It's slow and making him in the zone. He's not as sharp as he was last time, and we didn't help him fully."
Melvin praised the ability of his club has been devastating throughout the season, and Tuesday's stability has been extremely strong. .
After enduring their worst defeat of the year, a 15-0 loss in Monday's opening series, the A's returned favor in impressive fashion. They exchanged 21 runs, 25 hits and six hits. running home, at all highs. The A's are only the 2nd team in modern times to lose a game by 15 runs, then win their next game against the same opponent of 14.
Each member of the starting line was recorded by at least two hits and an RBI, plus two-homer effort from Olson and Sean Murphy. Back in 1908, that had never happened in franchise history before.
"To come back and watch what happened yesterday, we always knew we could compete against these people." Olson said. "And to do so in this fashion is beautiful."
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