It only took four homers in four games, but the baseball world is finally paying attention to Matt Olson. The Oakland Athletics’ rookie slugger continued his assault on Monday, hitting a two-run homer. The home run, a two-run blast off of Buck Farmer, gave the A’s a 4-0 lead en route to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
With Olson’s 22nd homer in 54 games, the national media has acknowledged the first baseman’s skill. MLB tweeted about him on both Sunday and Monday, and SportsCenter tweeted an image shortly after Monday’s blast.
He also walked twice, raising his on-base percentage to .360.
With Jharel Cotton suffering a groin injury in warmups, Raul Alcantara made a spot start for the Athletics. Alcantara pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk.
Liam Hendriks was credited with the win in relief, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Jed Lowrie’s 46th double of the year gave the A’s a 1-0 lead in the first and his sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the third before Olson’s homer stretched the lead to 4-0. Chad Pinder’s RBI double later in the inning made it 5-0 and chased Farmer from the game.
Lowrie got a third RBI on a bases-loaded walk during a two-run rally in the fourth.
Detroit got three hits from Nicholas Castellanos and two scoreless innings from Victor Alcantara, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in the Justin Upton trade.
Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer off Santiago Casilla in the seventh, the eighth homer Casilla has allowed in 2017. Pinder answered with his second RBI double of the night in the top of the eighth to stretch the lead to 8-3.