On an otherwise uneventful night for the Athletics, Jed Lowrie shined the brightest.
The 38-year-old collected two doubles and knocked in Oakland's only two runs of the game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at the Coliseum.
Lowrie's second double in the bottom of the eighth inning tied longtime A's second baseman Mark Ellis (204) for the eighth-most in Oakland franchise history.
In his third stint with the A's, Lowrie has continued to produce in key moments, as he did in both of his previous tenures. He hasn't changed one bit, and this accomplishment is a testament to who he is as a player.
“I think that’s something that defines me as a player," Lowrie told reporters after the game. "I didn’t know where I stood on that list. But if there’s one statistic that encapsulates who I am as a player, it’s probably that one.”
A's manager Mark Kotsay, who played with Ellis from 2005 to 2007, understands the company Lowrie finds himself in now.
"Yeah, you know Jed had a good night ... a couple doubles, two RBI," Kotsay told reporters after the game. "But again, as you spoke about longevity, perseverance, grind, Jed's been all of that here in Oakland. It's quite an accomplishment to have that many doubles, especially with one ballclub. It's a testament to the type of hitter he is, a proven hitter who goes gap-to-gap, has power, knows who he is and continues to put good at-bats up."
Even though Oakland dropped its fourth game in a row, it still was a memorable night for one of the most beloved A's second basemen.