The Oakland A’s picked up a much needed win this afternoon after dropping four straight to the Anaheim Angels. The newest member of the A’s, Adam Dunn, pitched in on offense as well.
Picking up the win tonight in the 6-1 victory was starter Jason Hammel. The right-hander has not had a win in almost a month — since August 5th — though he has had a few good starts go wasted through no-decisions. Hammel ended up going eight innings allowing just one earned run on three hits along with five strikeouts.
His lone run against came on a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
Offensively the Oakland A’s had one good inning, but it was all they would need.
That inning — the first of the game — was jumpstarted by newcomer Adam Dunn who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat as a member of the Oakland A’s. That kicked off a five-run inning that included a two-RBI single by Geovany Soto and an Eric Sogard single that brought home Stephen Vogt.
Adam Dunn finished his game with a very nice 2-3 performance at the plate. Along with that two-run homer he also his a single to left in the bottom of the second inning.
Tomorrow night the A’s will look for a second-straight win as Sonny Gray (1-3, 5.06 ERA in his last five starts) takes on rookie southpaw James Paxton (4-1, 1.83 ERA). Paxton has been strong so far this season and in seven starts has yet to allow more than three runs — done once by the Anaheim Angels — all season. However, he’s only gone seven innings once this season, so it would be wise to jump on him early.