Oakland A uses big sixth inning to impressively end homestand – Red Bluff Daily News
OAKLAND – Even without having Ramón Laureano at his disposal over the past two plus weeks, the A’s offense was in great shape.
Now that Laureano is back and the As’s are almost complete again, their roster looks downright scary.
The A’s used six singles and a walk to score six runs in the sixth inning to help beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on Wednesday, completing a three-game streak at the Coliseum in front of an announced crowd of 6,228.
The A’s are 8-1 in their nine-game home game and will lead a six-game winning streak on Friday when they start a three-game series in the Bronx against the New York Yankees.
Matt Olson had three hits on Wednesday, including two in the sixth inning as the A’s (43-27) struggled to erase what had been a 4-2 lead for the Angels. Matt Chapman, Chad Pinder, Tony Kemp, Mark Canha and Olson all had RBIs in the rally as the A’s took an 8-4 lead.
The A’s are now a 12-2 best in the MLB in June, as they entered batting on Wednesday averaging 0.274 with 79 points in 13 games this month. They have now dominated the opposition 87-46 this month.
The rally in the sixth round of the A erased what had been an eventful outing for left-handed starter Cole Irvin, who allowed four earned runs in the first two innings.
The Angels (33-35) scored three runs in the first inning before Shohei Ohtani landed a 435-foot solo homerun at right field in the second inning, his 19th of the season.
Irvin calmed down to some extent as he lasted 5 2/3 innings before being replaced by Burch Smith with two runners in the sixth. Smith then pulled Justin Upton out on a 95 mph fastball to end the threat.
It didn’t take long for Laureano to make his presence felt again.
Laureano, who was playing his first game since May 27, deprived Upton of a home run early in the fourth inning, timing his jump perfectly as he leapt over the wall on a long flying ball.
Laureano then continued with a late-inning solo homerun against Angels starter Griffin Canning to reduce Los Angeles’ lead to 4-1.
Laureano was put on the injured list on June 1, retroactive to May 28, with a strained right hip. Prior to his injury, Laureano was down .257 with 11 home runs, 22 RBIs and eight goals stolen in 48 games.
Despite the time away, Laureano entered the MLB center fielder for home runs as second on Wednesday at 11 and was tied for fifth in the RBI at 22.
The A’s are 12-5 without Laureano as they entered Wednesday with a 2-1 / 2 game lead over the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West.
Laureano’s defensive play was one of the few gems on the web created at the start of Wednesday’s game.
With Laureano back, Canha, in left field, stalked a deep ball from Jared Walsh early in the first inning, realizing the catch before landing his shoulder first in the wall.
Angels infielder José Iglesias made two unorthodox catches. In the second inning, he leaned back to catch a drifting ball from Mitch Moreland. In the third, he ran from the shortstop and grabbed a Kemp pop up.