Athletics

A’s split with Astros shouldn’t obscure KD’s impact at plate

Athletics

The A's split their doubleheader with the Houston Astros on Tuesday, picking up a 4-2 win in the first game and a 5-4 loss in the second.

Oakland first baseman Matt Olson reached a milestone in the second game, hitting his 100th career home run. But an even bigger home run from Olson's teammate overshadowed the accomplishment.

Khris Davis, the A's aspiring home-run king and designated hitter, went 2-for-3 with a third-inning home run against Zack Greinke and reacted accordingly:

“It was big, and we were talking about it before, he’s really done some good work, felt good about himself -- a little bit of history with the matchup,” A’s manager Melvin said in between games. 

KD had been off to a slow start this season and said that an injury he suffered last season has impacted him in 2020. Davis hadn't played since Aug. 26 before Tuesday's doubleheader, and he was batting just .155 coming into the day.

Melvin liked what he saw from the slugger in the first game.

“Guys show up at different times when they need to and he certainly showed up big for us today," the manager said. "So, you want to credit a guy who worked really hard and had to take a bit of a demotion that is hard to do, based on the fact of what he’s done for us, you know, the three years previous.”

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Is this the start of a real turnaround for Davis? No matter what, Melvin says he hasn't given up on the DH.

 

“No, no we’re trying to find the right matchups to get him going again,” Melvin explained. “I mean, with the injuries and so forth, this is the type of guy that can carry a team so, every game that he doesn’t play kind of hurts me some.”