Mark Canha’s ninth-inning home run off of Giants closer Trevor Gott to lift the A’s in the 7-6 win Saturday night was extra special for the Bay Area native.
“This park holds a special place in my heart and it’s just all the more meaningful to do that in this ballpark,” Canha said after the game.
Canha grew up in San Jose and would eventually attend Cal where he played for their baseball team -- so being able to do something storybook such as this on Saturday night had more meaning behind it.
“It’s awesome,” Canha added. “I’ll never forget that home run I hit in 2018, and I’ll never forget this one.”
That homer in 2018 happened when Canha pinch-hit for Yusmeiro Petit -- the first pinch-hit homer of his career -- which gave the A’s a 4-3 lead over the Giants.
Canha went to Oracle Park (and all of the other names it’s been given) a lot when he was a kid and had plenty of friends that were Giants fans during his childhood. He told SFGate back then his favorite memory at the park was that homer -- perhaps that has changed now.
His approach at the plate was an easy one.
“I was trying to go deep,” Canha said.
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“Just hit a homer and let’s win this game -- tried to get something up in the zone and I know he likes to throw that breaking ball so I didn’t want to chase that. Just get a good pitch to hit and hit it in the left field bleachers,” Canha added.
This was after a home run by catcher Sean Murphy to start the rally.
“It’s not easy, but we got some magic going right now,” Canha said. “I don’t really know what to say.”
The win comes a day after a similar situation in which fellow Bay Area native Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam against the Giants ... also in the ninth inning … also off of Trevor Gott … also after a solo shot, but that time, from Matt Olson.
There’s something brewing for the A’s.
“It’s kind of contagious,” Canha said. “We go into that ninth inning knowing that if we string some good at-bats together and give ourselves a chance, we like our hitter’s approach, we like what we’re doing at the plate, we never say die and we know we’re never out of it.”
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