The Oakland Athletics marched into New York and took two out of three games against the New York Yankees this weekend, and a lot of it had to do with the efforts of DH Luke Montz and pitcher Dan Straily.
Montz, who made his A’s debut last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, picked up his first big-league home run since 2008 (and just the second of his career) on Sunday against Andy Pettitte. Montz had gone 1,679 days between major-league home runs before that blast.
Straily, called up last week to replace the injured Brett Anderson, pitched 5.1 innings on Sunday, leaving with a 4-1 lead. He didn’t end up with the victory, but it was the second very solid outing for him out of the three he’s made for the A’s thus far this season.
Montz had a solid day of his own, notching a double in addition to the aforementioned home run. So far in his three games with the A’s, he’s looked pretty good — his game last Wednesday included an RBI double in the eighth inning, which was his first hit and RBI in the majors since 2008.
There’s no telling what his future is with the A’s, though. He’s pretty much here right now because of injuries, but if he keeps demonstrating that he’s capable of putting together some nice at-bats, you never know. After all, the A’s have a guy on the team right now (Nate Freiman) who hadn’t appeared above Double-A prior to being placed on the major-league roster this season.
As for Sunday, though, the A’s owed a lot of their victory to the games put forth by Straily and Montz, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of roles the two players will earn with the team long-term.