HOUSTON – When Khris Davis fired a two-run blast across Minute Maid Park's tracks in the second inning of the Astros's 21: 7 blowout on Tuesday, he cemented Oakland's place among some of the most prolific home run hitting clubs in the history of baseball.
The home game was Davis' # 20.
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It is fitting that Davis, the reigning champion of MLB in the home run, finished the year with more homers than any other player since the start of the 2016 season to complete the historic performance. But in a season in which the power numbers for the A & # 39; s slugger are unusually low, the homerun on Tuesday could be a victory that has helped the A & # 39; s protect their wild card leadership – the spark that is needed to make it work.
"Almost had another, too," A-manager Bob Melvin said about Davis, who was robbed in the fourth by Josh Reddick over a springback of a second homer. "He seems to swing the bat a bit better than he does, not just the Homer, he gets some hits and hits the ball in the other direction, he feels better in terms of himself. This is a guy who really does can help." he has in the past. We hope he heats some up. "
Since June 19, Davis had three homers over 57 games before Tuesday. He started the night with 286 players who had completed more homeruns than he did this season, but Davis reminded everyone of the wonders he had with him According to Statcast, he shot at a speed of 120 km / h and sent a projected kilometer (422 feet), which according to Statcast was his longest home game since April 12.
It was not the only historic home game of the night For Oakland, Olson, who celebrated his 30th and 31st win of the season, reached the 30-Homer mark with
"This is one of the best players in the game," Melvin said about Olson. "He gets big hits, hits homeruns and plays a spectacular defense, he's a cornerstone for us, the numbers are great at the moment and it's not clear what they would look like if he had those extra six weeks."
The missed time was due to a Hamate operation on his right hand. This is usually a process in which batsmen do not have much power at the beginning, but Olson defied this philosophy by completing seven home runs in his first 21 games after the surgery and has since picked them up.
"It's definitely cool," Olson told the 30-Homer brand. "I did not know what to expect because I heard it took a while for the force to return, I'm happy to see where I come back from the injury and just happy we win baseball."
The homeruns were quite a contrast to the A's offensive after outbidding seven runs in the first inning and scoring the first with Oakland's season high for hits, with all eight hits in the first frame of Tuesday being singles. "
Speaking of contrast: Seven of the eight first inning hits came from Astros starter Wade Miley, who was expelled from the beginning from the game. This was a big change from when Miley competed for the last time in Houston against the A & # 39; s on July 23, when the left Oakland held two rounds over eight innings.
"The last time we were here, it accelerated us and we swing on pitches where we do not usually swing," Olson said. "I think we focused today on not speeding us up, slowing it down and letting it be in the zone, it was not as sharp as last time, and we did not help it at all." [Melvinpraisedhisclub'sabilitytoeradicateabaddefeatthroughouttheseasonandTuesday'sloadwasextremelyhigh
After the worst defeat of the year, a 0-15 defeat at Monday's prelude, the A returned in an impressive fashion, recovering with 21 runs, 25 hits and six home runs that reached all season highs. The A & # 39; s are just the 2nd team of the modern age who lose a game by 15 runs and win their next game against the same opponent by 14.
Each member of the grid recorded at least two goals and an RBI with two-homer attempts by Olson and Sean Murphy. From the year 1908, which had never happened before in the franchise history.
"To come back and see what happened yesterday, we always know we can compete against these guys," Olson said, "and doing it that way was nice."
Martin Gallegos covers the A & # 39; s for MLB from .com. Follow him on Twitter @MartinJGallegos .