Young, who was born in Houston and had a large contingent of friends and family cheering him on in the stands, hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning against Houston closer Jose Veras, sealing the win for the A’s.
The 29-year old outfielder has struggled thus far in 2013, hitting just .168 and not really demonstrating the same kind of productivity that he showed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It all clicked on Friday for Young, who finished the game 3-5. He has remarkable career numbers against the Astros, hitting .333 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs against his hometown team. That has to feel good, and it definitely must have been a relief to have such a great game on Friday.
With the continued injury situation faced by the A’s (Josh Reddick is currently sidelined for a while and Coco Crisp is always prone to minor nagging injuries), Young is a particularly valuable player for Oakland.
It’s almost a guarantee that Young will be in Bob Melvin‘s lineup for the remaining two games of this weekend series, given his high rate of productivity at Minute Maid Park.
When the A’s acquired Young from Arizona last December, the team also absorbed his $8.5 million contract for this season. His early-season struggles have undoubtedly frustrated Billy Beane and the A’s brass given the economics, but if Friday’s performance was a preview of things to come, Young’s season could easily turn around.