By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – It’s been an amazing two months, now at seventy-four wins, this ball club is just getting started. The Oakland A’s ended their season last year with seventy-three wins and have reached milestones that have surprised themselves.
Tonight, the A’s did not disappointing in their return home. They embarrassed the Boston Red Sox in a 20-2 victory. Earning their seventh straight win, the team scored 20 runs for the fourth time in Oakland’s history.
“I don’t think you can get any better than that,” manager Bob Melvin said when asked is he satisfied with the offense. “That was pretty impressive across the board.”
The A’s wasted no time in getting the bats going, in the second frame Oakland scored four runs all earned. Brandon Moss and Jonny Gomes each knocked in a run. While Josh Donaldson blasted a 2-run homer to center field to extend their lead 4-0. Donaldson continues his streak and has homered in three straight games.
The hits continued in the third, Moss doubled for the second time scoring in a run. Gomes also hit his second single and scored in a run. After seven hits, six runs and one home run, Red Sox’s pitcher Aaron Cook’s night ended.
“I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be quite as rough,” said Cook. “I was leaving balls in the middle of the plate up to a real good hitting team, that’s really hot right now. The ball was up from me and they’re hitting it on the barrel, it’s not a good night.”
Boston’s bullpen quieted the A’s offense for only one inning. They avoided a shutout thanks to Jarrod Saltalamacchia solo home run in the fourth. The next and final run came in the seventh. Pedro Ciriaco advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored off Mauro Gomez ground out to third.
“There’s nothing really to talk about, the score was 20-2,” Dustin Pedroia said.
Unfortunately, Oakland is now the talk of MLB. The offense was unstoppable. Moss, George Kottaras, Josh Reddick and Josh Donaldson combined for four home runs and 20 RBI’s. The A’s have outscored their opponents 59-18, during their seven game winning streak.
“You don’t get games like that, hardly ever,” said Brandon. “Boy, that was fun.”
Moss hit a 2-run homer in the fifth and Kottaras hit a solo home run in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth. Moss had a spectacular night as he recorded his first career-high four hit game. He went 4-4 in the cycle, two doubles, four RBI’s and a home run.
Reddick capped off the night with a grand slam in the seventh which topped off a nine run inning. It was his first career grand slam and the 18 runs earned by the seventh frame matched a season-high for Oakland. The last time that happened was against Texas in 2000.
“We had a blast,” Josh Reddick said. “Everyone is running to the bat rack and ready to bat. You can’t wait to get in the batters box.”
“We’ve put ourselves into a position where we’re the good team,” said Jonny. “Look at the numbers on this team, were pretty good. We’re definitely not going to be scared of any competition. How quickly things change, to where we might have a bull’s eye on our back and guys might be playing us different.”