It was going to take time for Shea Langeliers to have a breakout game for the Oakland A’s. That time took longer than anyone would have expected.
Langeliers, hitting seventh on Sunday, came within a homer of the cycle as he was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI on the day. He also notched a pair of firsts on the day – his first major league single and his first multi-hit game with the A’s.
Shea Langeliers ends odd Oakland A’s streak with excellent game
Sunday’s contest also saw Langeliers hit his first major league triple. The fact that he managed to hit one is impressive on its own; he had just two triples in his minor league career, both of which came with Las Vegas this season.
That triple was notable for another reason as well. The A’s had gone 81 games without hitting a triple, the longest such drought in the majors since at least 1901. Naturally, it took Langeliers, who is not exactly a noted speedster, to break that streak and put the A’s back on the triples board.
What is important is that Langeliers has continued to find his way with the A’s. He now has hits in four of his first five major league games, with five of his six hits going for extra bases. That power potential has been able to manifest thus far, even if it is in a small sample size.
It is also important to see how he will fare going forward. The A’s are going to use the rest of the season to get Langeliers as much playing time as possible, allowing him to prove that he can handle the rigors of the majors. He has performed well thus far, with his three hit game on Sunday his breakout performance thus far.
Shea Langeliers had a slew of major league firsts on Sunday. In doing so, he had a breakout game in his fifth major league start.