Highlights included the first home run of the A's season by Andrew Deiling over center field. Pitcher, Matt Wood, looked amazed as he watched the ball sail high over his head. With runners on second and third, Jeff Pavich hit to right field to bring the runners home for two RBIs.
This was perhaps the best performance the A's have had all year. Several players had big hits and their fielding skills were much improved. Highlights included in the first ---- Adam Tanguay almost had a homer in the second with a huge hit for 2 RBI's and Julian Sanchez brought Scott Lassey home. The Giants scored one in the second to make it 6-1. The third and fourth were uneventful and then the Giants rallied to pull it back to 6-4. Not to be outdone the A's responded right away. Jeremy Coupe came home on a wild pitch and then Nester Pacheco hit a glorious triple for another RBI. Nester later came home on a wild pitch to pull ahead 9-4 which is how the game ended. This win should bolster team confidence and prepare them to meet the top team in the league this weekend - the Cardinals.
The A's have come a long way this year and their efforts in this game against the Cardinals, top of the league, demonstrated the depth, capacity and capability of this team. The Cards made two runs in the first but the A's came back immediately with a run. A big hit from Justin Ancira dropped short. Matt Carlson had a scary hit on the hand and walked. With runners on 1st and 3rd Jeff Pavich hit a sacrifice to first and brought Justin home for the RBI. The A's were unlucky not to get more in the inning. The Cards added to their lead in the second to go 4-1 up. In the top of the third the A's scored twice when Jeff Pavich, once again, brought Scott Lassey home, and later Matt Carlson came home with Robert Ensley at the plate. Adam Tanguay was hit in the head in the 4th and was fortunately OK. Adam, pitching in the 3rd, with bases loaded twice, did an excellent job to keep the score at 4-3. This great game was very entertaining for the crowd and proved just what the A's can do.