OAKLAND – It was a game to celebrate for Marcus Semien, if only the A’s shortstop felt like celebrating Tuesday night.
Semien’s two home runs off Angels’ starter Hector Santiago should have been a main storyline against the Angels, but the A’s couldn’t hold a three-run lead late and fell 5-4 to Los Angeles, relegating Semien’s second career multi-homer game to something of a footnote.
Still, it’s got to be encouraging for the A’s that their shortstop seems to be finding his power stroke. Semien now has three homers in his past three games. The A’s have eight homers as a team, which puts them middle of the pack in the American League. But four of their top power sources – Billy Butler, Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt and Danny Valencia – have a goose egg next to their homer totals.
Oakland will take power from anyone capable of providing it right now.
“I just want to keep consistent with barreling up the baseball,” said Semien, who’s hitting .259. “Not necessarily hit home runs. If it happens, it happens. I want to do better with runners on base and maybe blow some innings open that way.”
Semien now has three homers in nine career at-bats against Santiago.
“It seems like every time we play them, I face him, and he’s shown me his whole arsenal,” Semien said. “I’ve got him twice on a cutter. He threw me a lot of changeups my one at-bat that I got out (on a pop-up Tuesday), and then I was able to get him on a changeup the next time.”