OAKLAND — Leonys Martin’s 10th-inning blast sunk the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night, sending the hosts to a 7-6 loss at the Coliseum.
Martin’s decisive shot came against Josh Smith, the seventh reliever that manager Bob Melvin called on in the extra-innings defeat.
Way back in the first, Khris Davis connected on home run No. 30, which was the type of long ball that few major leaguers could manage.
The three-run drive was a towering fly ball that seemed destined to land in the glove of right fielder Nelson Cruz — not just beyond the 330-foot sign. But then it keep carrying and carrying until it sailed right over the wall.
“Not too many guys hit the ball down the right-field line like that, and probably don’t get all of it, and hit it out,” Melvin said. “So we’ve seen him do it many times and I get to explain it a lot of times.”
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No. 30 puts Davis in fifth place in the American League in that department in 2017 and gives him the most in baseball (72) dating back to the start of last season. The homer also makes Davis the first A’s player to accomplish that feat since Miguel Tejada from 2000-02 and Eric Chavez from 2001-02.
In the extra-innings loss, Davis also supplied the fourth run, booming a 405-foot triple to center field in the third.
Starter Kendall Graveman, who was back on the mound for the second time since returning from the 10-day disabled list, was pitching at the Coliseum for the first time since May 19. Graveman worked 5.1 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing four runs (three earned) while walking one and striking out two.
Olson here for good
With Alonso now a Mariner, the A’s summoned Matt Olson for his sixth stint before the game. Melvin indicated that Olson, who will start at first against right-handers, should start looking for permanent housing.
“I think he realizes this time that he actually gets to stick around for a little while and maybe he’ll have to find something else other than a hotel,” Melvin joked.Bob MelvinKendall GravemanKhris Davismatt olsonMLBOakland AthleticsSeattle Mariners