Philadelphia-area native Joey Wendle delighted his friends and family on Sunday with his second career home run, a go-ahead grand slam to give the Oakland Athletics a 6-3 win and a series victory over the homestanding Phillies.
Wendle, who was born in Wilmington, Delaware, attended high school in the Philadelphia suburb of West Grove and played in college at West Chester University, took Edubray Ramos deep with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning to put the A’s ahead 6-3.
His home run came exactly one year after his first, a leadoff slam on September 17, 2016 off of Yu Darvish. Sunday’s shot came roughly one year and 40 minutes after Wendle’s first.
The Oakland bullpen took care of business after that, with four relievers pitching the final four innings. Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect sixth with two strikeouts, Chris Hatcher retired all four batters he faced and Blake Treinen picked up his 11th save.
Treinen recorded the final out by striking out Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins went 0-for-5 on the day with three strikeouts and 0-for-11 on the weekend, striking out six times and walking once.
Instead of Hoskins, it was Oakland’s rookie phenom, Matt Olson, who dominated throughout the weekend. Olson hit his third homer in as many games and sixth in his last eight to tie the game at two.
Olson went back-to-back with fellow rookie Chad Pinder off of Henderson Alvarez to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Alvarez was signed by the A’s last year but never appeared in a major league game due to injuries. In his first MLB game since 2015, Alvarez left with no outs in the sixth and the lead but was ultimately charged with four runs and the loss because of Wendle’s grand slam off of Ramos.
Oakland starter Sean Manaea allowed two unearned runs in the first inning but held Philadelphia to one run over the next four innings. He was credited with his team-leading 11th win of the year.