Well, that was fun -- if you’re the A’s, who went on to win their third straight game and take the series from the Seattle Mariners with a 10-1 win Monday night.
The A’s managed to have a game-changing inning in the fifth where they scored eight runs … all on two outs. In total, the A’s had 26 baserunners in the victory.
Here’s what you missed in the A’s-Mariners game:
Heck of an inning
Eight runs were scored in the top of the fifth inning with two outs.
After Khris Davis walked, Stephen Piscotty singled to left field and then per usual, the fun started thanks to the bat of Ramón Laureano, who singled to right field which scored both Piscotty and Davis.
Then the coin went into the merry-go-round.
Bryan Shaw replaced Justus Sheffield, and the A's added a run on a passed ball. Mark Canha, Chad Pinder and Davis picked up RBI singles, and Piscotty doubled in the final run. Throw some more walks in there, and you have an eight-run inning from the A’s.
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Davis was due, and delivered
In the top of the seventh, Davis hit his first home run of the season on a line drive to center field.
… and the bullpen, and Frankie Montas celebrated accordingly:
Khris Davis gets his first homer of the season 🙌 pic.twitter.com/uOSmrqDOTT— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) August 4, 2020
Davis also showed more patience at the plate against lefty Sheffield. That walk was the beginning of the eight-run inning for the A’s.
Montas was marvelous
We can’t forget about the strong outing from Frankie Montas.
In seven innings, Montas struck out nine, while allowing four hits and just one earned run. The hits he did give up weren’t even hard-hit balls. His four-seam fastball has been averaging 95.8 mph this season and he’s been relying on his sinker about 52.5 percent of the time.
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And check out this gorgeous splitter:
Frankie Montas, Disappearing 85mph Splitter. 👻 pic.twitter.com/Ajpo1veDZB— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 4, 2020
A masterful performance by Montas.