Franklin Barreto hadn’t delivered many hits, period, let alone clutch knocks during his brief career with the Oakland A’s.
The 22-year-old entered Monday’s matchup against the Detroit Tigers hitting .200 through 37 career games. Besides a walk-off home run against the Chicago White Sox in 2017, he hadn’t produced many memorable late-inning moments for the team despite being considered one of its top prospects.
But with two outs and two strikes in the eighth inning on Monday, Barreto demolished a slider on the inner half, tying the Detroit Tigers with an RBI double to left-center field. Third baseman Jed Lowrie won it, 5-4, with a home run in the top of the ninth.
Barreto wouldn’t have been in the big leagues if not for third baseman Matt Chapman’s recent hand injury. Barreto was hitting just .236 at Triple-A Nashville before his June 16 call-up. He’s played well since then, though, racking up five extra-base hits with the A’s in his past eight games.
Starter Edwin Jackson — who, in his Oakland debut, tied the MLB record for most teams played for at 13 — was another surprise contributor.
The 34-year-old was solid against the Tigers, an organization he played for in 2009. He went six innings, struck out seven and allowed one run. He touched 95 mph with his fastball, and didn’t walk anyone despite averaging 3.55 walks per nine innings over his career.
Jackson’s appearance was necessary because the A’s rotation been bitten by injuries throughout the season, with starter Daniel Mengden becoming the latest to go down on Saturday with a sprained right foot. Starters Brett Anderson, Andrew Triggs and Trevor Cahill are currently on the disabled list, but could return later this season. Jharel Cotton, who was expected to start the season in the rotation, underwent Tommy John surgery and will be out until at least 2019.
Jackson was called up from Triple-A Nashville, where he’d been pitching since earlier in the month since he signed a minor league contract. He posted a 4.02 ERA there before joining the A’s.
He didn’t receive any run support, as each of Oakland’s five runs came after his exit.
Right fielder Stephen Piscotty tied the game in the seventh with a home run. He finished the day 3-for-5.
A’s reliever Lou Trivino surrendered a three-run home run to Nick Castellanos with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The shot flew over Piscotty’s head in right field, just clearing the fence.
A comeback in the eighth punctuated by catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI single and Barreto’s game-tying double helped Oakland avoid its third loss in four games.
Lowrie’s home run ensured no skid against subpar AL Central squads would take place.
As Jackson made history with his start, another significant run continued. Piscotty’s seventh-inning blast extended Oakland’s MLB road home run record to 26 straight road games.Edwin Jacksonfranklin barretoJed LowrieLou TrivinoMLBOakland A'sOakland Athletics