PHOENIX – It was throwback night at Chase Field, with Stephen Vogt resembling his pre-All-Star break form that’s largely been missing in the second half.
He drove in all three runs for the A’s in a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Having been the driving force behind the A’s offense over the first half, Vogt entered the day with just 10 RBI since the start of July.
He got things going on the first pitch he saw from Jhoulys Chacin (0-2) in the second, cranking a two-run homer that landed in the swimming pool beyond the wall in right-center. With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth, he came to bat after Danny Valencia was intentionally walked to put two men on with two outs. Vogt hit a bloop that fell in no-man’s land behind third base to score Mark Canha with the go-ahead run.
That provided a 3-2 lead, and Drew Pomeranz came on in the ninth and dominated in a 1-2-3 inning that gave him his third save. The big lefty struck out the side on just 11 pitches, flashing a fastball that touched 95.
Starting pitching report
Aaron Brooks, promoted the day before from Triple-A, handled himself well in his return to the majors. The right-hander went six innings, scattered eight hits and held Arizona to two runs. He walked one and struck out four and benefited from two double-play grounders. It was certainly a performance that will earn him another start in the rotation. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh after just 75 pitches. Had the game been played in an Americna League park, Brooks’ night would have extended further.
The closer situation has been unsettled for Oakland, even after the return of Sean Doolittle. If Pomeranz continues to deal as he did Saturday, he may continue to get save opportunities, especially with Doolittle still trying to regain his past form.
At the plate
Vogt’s second-inning blast was the 52nd homer to reach the pool that’s one of the most noticeable characteristics of Chase Field. It was the 23rd homer into the pool hit by an opponent. Vogt reached base in all four of his plate appearances.
In the field
Mark Canha, who made a mistake Friday night in cutting off a throw home from right fielder Josh Reddick, made two difficult scoops at first base in the early innings Saturday. One came on the final out of the first inning, on a short-hop throw from third baseman Danny Valencia. That helped Brooks escape that frame unscored upon after he put the first two runners on base. Brooks got more help in the third from Reddick, who went back and made a difficult catch on David Peralta’s deep line drive with two runners aboard.
A crowd of 35,990 was on hand.
Jesse Chavez (7-13, 4.00) will take the ball in Sunday’s series finale, with Arizona’s starter still to be announced. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m.