The A’s broke out for 10 runs on Tuesday night on the strength of five run-scoring hits.
And that was in the fourth inning alone.
A night after the A’s and White Sox played a 14-inning marathon that went more than five hours, things got out of hand in an entirely different way at U.S. Cellular Field. Oakland batted around twice and made life miserable for former teammate Jeff Samardzija in a 17-6 pounding of Chicago.
The A’s sent 15 men to the plate in their 10-run fourth. How ridiculous did it get? Josh Reddick went 2-for-2 and collected four RBI in that inning alone. Samardzija was gone before he could record an out in the frame. He wound up charged with a whopping 10 runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings, not the type of outing that the free-agent-to-be was looking for to boost his stock as the offseason approaches.
The A’s also scored five off Samardzija (9-13) in the first inning, when 10 men went to bat, and they posted their season high for runs in a game. Statistical standouts? Just peruse the box score. Billy Butler had three hits and three RBI, and Mark Canha added three hits and an RBI of his own. All told, seven Athletics collected at least two hits. Six scored at least twice.
By the eighth inning, White Sox manager Robin Ventura handed the baseball to utility man Leury Garcia and sent him to the mound. Garcia turned in a scoreless inning and turned pitching duties over to shortstop Alexei Ramirez for the ninth. Ramirez also held the A’s off the board.
Starting pitching report
It looked early on like the Sox might be game for a competitive slugfest. Down 5-0, they got two runs back in the bottom of the first off Aaron Brooks, who let his first four batters of the game reach base. But Brooks (2-3) settled in and logged six-plus innings. He gave up six runs on 10 hits, but given the huge cushion he got, the name of the game was throwing strikes and eating up innings, and Brooks did a good job of that. It was also important that he showed he could handle an early lead, after the right-hander inherited a 4-0 first-inning margin in a Sept. 4 game against Seattle but couldn’t make it out of the third.
Manager Bob Melvin got his first look at reliever Daniel Coulombe, who was acquired from the Dodgers on Thursday for cash considerations. The lefty delivered two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. R.J. Alvarez handled the ninth.
At the plate
It was a good night for two former Sox who came to Oakland last winter in the trade that sent Samardzija to the South Side. Catcher Josh Phegley went 2-for-4 and scored three runs and shortstop Marcus Semien homered in the sixth and scored three times. It was Semien’s 12th homer of the year, and his first to the opposite field. Reddick’s 18th homer tied him with Stephen Vogt for the team lead.
In the field
Capping off a night where lots went right, the A’s turned in an errorless game.
Cody Martin (0-1, 15.00) is being called upon to replace the injured Jesse Chavez in Wednesday’s 5:10 p.m. game. He’ll try to improve upon his A’s debut, when he gave up five runs and lasted just three innings Sept. 1 against the Angels. Erik Johnson (1-0, 3.27) goes for the Sox.