OAKLAND — After Sean Manaea struck out Francisco Lindor to end the sixth inning, the Cleveland Indians’ shortstop flung his bat to the ground in disgust.
That was the kind of effect the left-hander had on the visitors on Tuesday night, as he struck out eight in the 9-1 rout.
“Everything about today was just free and easy,” the Oakland Athletics’ starter explained. “I just had that confidence and that free and easy motion. It just all came together.”
While Manaea held the Indians to one run on three hits in seven innings of work, another promising rookie — Ryon Healy — enjoyed a big night at the plate.
Before the beatdown, manager Bob Melvin had admitted that he didn’t know much about Healy when the the 24-year-old arrived on the first day of the second half.
The third baseman, who began the year in Double-A, had only received a couple of at bats during big league spring training.
Since joining the A’s, Healy has done nothing but impress his new boss.
“Getting to know him a little bit more, he’s a pretty tenacious guy,” Melvin said. “And he wants to take advantage of this opportunity and he wants to be here to stay.”
Against Cleveland, Healy went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Healy is batting .421 (16-for-38) during that stretch.
“Healy’s a guy that almost seems like a veteran now,” Melvin said of the right-handed hitter, who was one of six players in Tuesday night’s lineup who began the season in the minors.
Khris Davis — one of the actual veterans — staked Manaea to a 3-0 advantage in the first, hammering his 33rd homer into the right-field bleachers. With that three-run shot, Davis has now hit as many long balls as any A’s player since 2008.
The homer also provided Manaea with some rare support. Entering the night, the offense had produced just 14 runs in the lefty’s last eight outings.
“It’s huge. The offense did a really amazing job,” Manaea said. “Just having that three-run lead in the first — going out to the second — I can kind of not relax, but just go and attack hitters.”