The A’s were firing on all cylinders at O.co Wednesday night, putting together a masterful performance in all aspects of the game while completely dismantling the Padres.
In what could be best described as two-and-a-half hour highlight reel, every A’s batter recorded at least one base hit while Oakland set new season highs for runs scored (16), and hits (20), in winning their season-high tying fourth consecutive game.
Jesse Chavez struck out a career-high 11 batters while dancing through the San Diego line up, and enjoyed the rare run support he received while recording his third win of the season and lowering his ERA to 2.52.
Chavez has been the recipient of bad luck on the mound much of the season, as the A’s have failed to score a run in three of his ten starts.
“I’m sure he was thinking ‘Why don’t you save a few of these for me a little bit later, you don’t have to do it all in one day,'” said Bob Melvin.
Billy Butler started the offensive onslaught in the first inning, lifting a towering 3-run home run into the left field bleachers that gave Oakland all the run support that they would need on the night. The burly DH raised his batting average to .260 on the season, adding three more hits on the day including legging out two infield singles.
“I’ll take ’em any way I can get ’em,” said Butler. “I’ve hit a lot of line drives that have found gloves, I’ve put the barrel on the ball a lot… it’s a long season, I think it all evens out.”
The A’s used streaky hitting on the night to rally to multiple run innings, scoring four in the first and seventh, and putting up a seven spot in the eighth.
“We have a lot of potential to score a lot of runs, you build confidence as a team that guys are going to come through,” said Ben Zobrist, who was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle on the night.
The season long shaky defensive play was not in sight during the game, as the A’s committed zero errors on the night, and turned in a few stellar plays, including a Ben Zobrist leaping catch at the wall in left field.
A spark plug atop the lineup, Billy Burns sped his way to three runs while slapping three hits in the contest. The rookie of the year candidate now has hit safely in eight straight games, and 20 of his past 21, including four 3-hit games, and 17 multi-hit games.
The A’s no longer have the worst record in the American League with the win combined with a Boston loss.
Oakland will look to stay hot as they attempt a four game home-and-away sweep of the Padres Thursday afternoon. Kendall Graveman (3-3, 4.22) will take the hill against Ian Kennedy (3-5, 5.84) with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 PST.