Last night the Oakland Athletics had four former Boston Red Sox players in their starting lineup. Those were Coco Crisp, George Kottaras, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick and each one except for Crisp played an important role in the 20-2 win. The score was a bit surprising with the way Brandon McCarthy started the game out as he allowed a number of base runners and was able to pitch his way out of it without any runs scoring.
His only blemish was giving up a solo home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and then pulled after going 6.1 innings after allowing two runners on. Yet, Pedro Figueroa‘s first pitch of the ball game was a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Josh Donaldson made a tremendous bare handed play on a slowly hit ground ball by Mauro Gomez for the second out and after another groundout the Red Sox could only muster up the one run coming in on Gomez’s groundout.
As for George Kottaras he went 3-5, scored three runs, hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career and drove in a careerhigh five rbi, Brandon Moss went 4-5 with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and four rbi, Josh Reddick went 2-5, two runs scored, a double, a home run which was his first grand slam and four rbi.
Combined the trio went 9-15, with nine runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and 13 rbi. As for Crisp he was the only A without a hit though he did get on base with a walk and scored a run.
It was the fourth time in Oakland Athletics history that the A’s have scored at least 20 runs the last time that happened was on September 30, 2000 with a 23-2 victory at home over the Texas Rangers. In that game there was a nine run first inning and an eight run seventh inning. Barry Zito was the winning pitcher and Miguel Tejada led the way with five rbi followed by Jason Giambi, Ryan Christenson, and Terrence Long who each drove in three.
On June 18th, 2000 the A’s beat the Kansas City Royals on the road 21-3. There was a 10 run third inning and a five run fourth inning that blew the game open. Gil Heredia earned the win and Ramon Hernandez, Frank Menechino, Ben Grieve and Giambi each drove in three runs.
The first time in Oakland history where there were 20 or more runs scored happened in Boston on June 14th, 1969 with a 21-7 win. Blue Moon Odom picked up the victory and Reggie Jackson led the way offensively with five hits, two home runs and 10 rbi also contributing offensively was Phil Roof and Dick Green who both drove in three runs. Only three others drove in a run Ted Kubiak, Tommy Reynolds and Paul Lindblad also noteworthy is that he also picked up a save in the win.
With the latest victory it marked their seventh straight win and in that time frame the A’s have scored 59 runs while allowing 18. Donaldson did leave the game with a hip injury and was replaced by Adam Rosales, yet he’s hopeful that he can play today.