In the War of the Worst, the A's prevailed over the Royals by beating the visitors 6-4 in an Oakland slugfest of sorts staged inside the Coli on Monday.
As many as four different members of the Oakland Athletics organization got to bag a homer against the Royals in what amounted to be a night to remember... that nearly nobody witnessed watching live on location as the A's only got to host a crowd of 3,095 souls.
Jordan Diaz hit the first one. Unstoppable rookie Zack Gelof added another homer. Shea Langeliers put up the third. And finally, Brent Rooker gave Oakland the lead and ultimate six-run tally with a two-run homer in the 9th inning to put an end to the affair.
Rooker's home run was surely the most important one as it clinched the 35th win of the season for his ballclub. The most interesting homer, though, was Gelof's.
In a span of just over 30 games Gelof has turned into the absolute no. 1 player in the A's organization and the face of the franchise going into the Las Vegas relocation. Through 32 games, according to ESPN, Gelof is "the quickest player in franchise history to reach [nine home runs]."
The rookie hit three of his nine home runs in July and now has six homers in August with more than a week left for the month to be over. Gelof has logged 125 PA in which he's slashing .304/.370/.624 and has 17 RBI, 11 walks, and 21 extra-base hits among his total tally of 38 H. He's also stolen seven bases while he's only been caught once.
Rooker walked off the A's with his 21st home run of the season after getting the 20th just hours ago.
Esteury Ruiz stole another bag, his 49th of the season. Ruiz is now just one stolen base shy of reaching the 50-SB plateau and becoming part of a very select club of players to do so at some point through their careers.
After 2017, only Ronald Acuña (this season) has broken the 50-SB barrier after Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon did it for the last time that year.
Most astonishingly, Ruiz could get 50 steals in his 100th game played this season if he steals one base the next game he plays. Let's hope he does!