By John Hickey
Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at 4:40 pm in 2013 regular season.
The A’s hit six home runs in this weekend’s sweep of the Rangers.
The Rangers hit none.
As Texas manager Ron Washington said, “We didn’t punch the ball anywhere near the fence. They punched the ball out of the ballpark.’’
It’s a familiar story. The A’s were the best homer-hitting team in the league the second half of last year. They are neck-and-neck with the Washington Nationals as the best bomb squad of the last month or so.
The A’s have 69 home runs since the All-Star break, and third baseman Josh Donaldson, who went deep Sunday, said that’s no fluke.
“We are capable of doing this,’’ Donaldson said, hearkening back to 2012. “When you have guys who can hit the ball out of the park, you are going to have spurts where they do it a lot.
“And this place (Rangers Ballpark) is a nice place to try and do it. The ball gets out of here.’’
Josh Reddick, whose two-run homer put the Rangers away in the ninth by moving the score from 3-1 to 5-1, suggested that the homer-hitting A’s are the real A’s.
“This is a park where you get a chance if you hit the ball good,’’ he said. “And we’re hitting the ball good.’’