If you glance at the box score for the A's Wednesday matinee matchup against Cleveland, you'll see some full numbers from backup catcher Nick Hundley.
The 35-year-old dominated at the dish in the 7-2 win and series sweep, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle on three hits with a home run and two RBI. This assisted in lifting the A's to the .500 mark for the first time since April 26. He told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser after his successful day that Oakland is just hitting its stride.
“This is the type of baseball we expect to play,” Hundley said. “We expect to go out there and pitch well, we’ve been playing really good defense and up and down the lineup we have the ability to drive the ball. This is what we envisioned at the start of the season. It isn’t what we were doing at the start of the season, but that doesn’t matter now.”
Hundley is also now 11 for his last 28 in 13 games. Those numbers are night and day compared to how he started the season.
The veteran catcher also admitted he dubbed himself as someone who "wasn't a very good baseball player" during that time.
It appears those days are in the past -- both figuratively and literally. And it couldn't have come at a more opportune time for the A's.
Slugger Khris Davis has missed multiple games due to a nagging left hip contusion and was left out of Tuesday's lineup. Mark Canha took over designated hitting responsibilities and went 2-for5 with three RBI.
The Green and Gold have now won six in a row. They have an off day Thursday and return to Oakland Friday to begin a nine-game homestand.