OAK 16, LAD 6: A’s offense returns with a bang in win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Khris Davis
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Khris Davis /

The Oakland Athletics broke out of their mini offensive slump on Wednesday night, crushing the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-6.

The Athletics’ 16 runs were a season-high, capping off a great night for the team overall.

Dodgers starter Alex Wood lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs (1 HR) with five strikeouts.

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The Athletics jumped on Wood early, well Khris Davis did, by blasting a two-run homer to give them an early 2-0 lead.

After scoring just one run in their last two outings prior to tonight, the A’s found their footing and unleashed havoc on the Dodgers. Oakland has displayed an inconsistent offense to begin the season, but when they’re hitting their stride they are tough to dismantle.

Daniel Mengden did an admirable job on the mound for the Athletics, hurling five innings and allowing seven hits, four runs (1 HR) and striking out five. He left the game with the A’s up 9-2, leaving two runners on base who later came around to score, ballooning his final line a little.

It was Mengden’s shortest appearance in a game this season, but it was probably his most effective. It was his first win of the season, moving him to 1-2.

Offense goes crazy!

Every Athletics’ starter recorded at least one hit tonight, including pitcher Daniel Mengden.

Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs and one walk. Khris Davis continued his strong play, going 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs.

Matt Olson was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Chapman finished 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs.

Don’t you worry, there’s more to come.

Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5, while Jed Lowrie was 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs.

Oh, and as mentioned earlier, Mengden did indeed get in on the hit-fest, bringing home a run on his base hit to center field.

The Athletics finished with a whopping 21 hits overall on the night and get to enjoy an off day tomorrow to celebrate. It was the club’s first 20-hit game since 2015.

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Don’t forget about the defense

Welcome to the Oakland Athletics, Trayce Thompson! Check out this spectacular leaping grab in center field to rob Yasiel Puig of a home run:

Thompson is well-known for his defensive abilities and he certainly reiterated that tonight.