OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A’s Franklin Barreto stunned Tommy Kahnle and the White Sox on Tuesday afternoon.
Not only did the A’s rookie show great patience in a big moment, but he also delivered the big blow, too. Barreto sat on a close 2-2 offering from Kahnle and followed with a walk-off solo homer as Oakland topped the White Sox 7-6. Barreto’s second career homer just drifted over the left-field fence to provide him with the first game-winning hit of his career.
“I don’t think anybody would’ve expected that outcome today, honestly,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We didn’t. I didn’t see that coming at all. Tip your cap to the kid over there because he battled (Kahnle) and put a really good at-bat together. Ended up getting a pitch he could handle that he ended up driving pretty well and it got out. Tip your cap because that’s just baseball.”
Kahnle hasn’t had many hiccups in what has been a breakout season. He has struck out 55 batters and walked only seven in 32 2/3 innings to take ownership of a setup role left open by Nate Jones’ elbow injury.
Kahnle moved into the ninth inning on Tuesday with David Robertson back in Chicago to attend the birth of his daughter. The right-hander struck out Jaycob Brugman to start the ninth inning and appeared on his way to racking up Barreto, too. After he fouled back three straight fastballs, Barreto held back enough on a 90-mph changeup to push the count full. Barreto then belted a 97-mph fastball out to left
“I thought I’d get him on the 2-2 changeup, but he got the checked swing,” Kahnle said. “Next pitch, that’s my bread and butter and he hit it. That’s all I could do really.
“Good for him. That’s the second time he’s gotten me.”
“I was really looking forward to (the ninth). I was ready. Nothing different about it. Just one pitch and the ballgame was over.
“I’ve been throwing well all year. Today too I thought I threw well. Just basically one pitch killed me and got us a loss. It sucks.”