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Jonny Gomes helps A’s to another mile-high victory

I suppose the A’s clinching their series in Colorado does not take top billing for biggest Bay Area baseball story Wednesday night, right? … While Matt Cain was making history in San Francisco, the A’s had a pretty good night too on a much smaller scale. A couple of things to spotlight from Oakland’s 10-8 victory …

–A’s manager Bob Melvin said that not starting Jonny Gomes was the toughest decision he faced in making out Wednesday’s lineup. It turns out that Gomes was needed in a big way. He entered in left field when Yoenis Cespedes left the game after aggravating his left hamstring. All Gomes did was deliver a double and homer in his first two at-bats, part of an ensemble effort that produced the A’s second come-from-behind victory in as many nights. “Part of platooning is mental,” Gomes said. “You’re mentally ready. You don’t turn it off by any means. With Cespedes going down with his hamstring, I guess that’s the reason you don’t turn it off.” If Cespedes comes back fairly soon, Gomes’ playing time could stay reduced. You figure that Cespedes, Coco Crisp/Collin Cowgill and Josh Reddick will see most of the outfield time, with hot-hitting Seth Smith likely to be the DH. Or, if Manny Ramirez finally gets brought up at some point, that will also eat into Gomes’ playing time. But he’s a veteran who knows how to be ready when called upon, as he showed Wednesday night.

–Melvin mentioned that Cespedes — who we learned after the game was taken out mainly for precautionary reasons — could be used at DH some on the next homestand, just to give his sore hamstring a break. If Cespedes takes up DH at-bats, that would make it even less likely that Ramirez is brought up anytime soon. The A’s have a pretty good roll going offensively, so it would be a tough call to decide who to remove from the lineup to accomodate Ramirez right now.

–Smith continues to tear it up at the plate, and he’s loving his return to Coors Field. He is 4 for 9 with a homer, three doubles and four RBI in two games. “I like it here, it’s comfortable,” Smith said. Smith has not hit lefties well over his career, but Melvin batted him third against Josh Outman on Wednesday, and Smith delivered his second homer of this road trip off a lefty.

–You think the A’s wish they could stick around Coors Field a while longer? They’ve turned things around nicely after getting swept in Arizona, and no deficit seems too big to overcome in this ballpark. Jarrod Parker takes the hill Thursday afternoon, and he’ll see if he can get off to a good start so the A’s don’t have to make a big comeback in the first place.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    And thanks Joe..without even calling, my paper came at 6:30am!
    The pen(or keyboard) is mightier,etc…