After a home series of bad luck for Chris Young, the center fielder made an amazing catch and added a home run Sunday afternoon as the A’s cut the Rangers lead to 0.5 games in the AL west.
Behind great defense and timely hitting the A’s managed to take the series from Cleveland with a 7-3 victory.
In his return from a Triple-A stint, Tommy Milone lasted just 4.2 innings while managing to strike out 5 batters. The lefty allowed three runs while only one was earned before giving way to Dan Otero, who earned the win. Bob Melvin praised him as an “Unsung hero,” as the former Triple-A closer has not allowed an earned run over his last five appearances.
At the plate ,Young turned his luck around with a home run in the fifth inning and furthered it with a great catch in center. Racing back directly behind him as he looked up into the sun, the recently hard shipped righty leapt into the air to make an incredible catch.
“The sun in center field here in a day game is about a tough as sun as anywhere, and then a line drive makes it even more difficult and right at you… and it ended up being a terrific catch, it’s a different game if it gets over his head,” said Melvin.
Oakland sported a different starting lineup with Jed Lowrie leading off and Derek Norris batting second, who both scored two runs. With the amended lineup the A’s scored the most runs in a game during this home stand.
The A’s are 44-5 when they out homer their opponent, and have 16 home runs in their last 11 games after homering just twice over the previous seven contests.
A big reason for the recent power surge is left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who has homered five times in his last 17 games after going homerless for a career-high 25 straight games.
Alberto Callaspo added a home run in the fifth inning to push the A’s momentum. The utility infielder notched three hits on the day as he is showing why the A’s acquired his bat at the trade deadline.
Next up for Oakland is a home series against Seattle. Jarrod Parker (8-6, 3.87) will take the mound against Aaron Harang (5-10, 5.77) Friday night at 7:05.