Derek Norris is on a 13-for-27 tear in his last nine games.
Is it time for Derek Norris to get more playing time?
If it’s not now, it never will be. The catcher doubled in his first two at-bats Tuesday, driving in three runs while leading the A’s offense to a 9-3 win over Texas.
He’s 13-for-27 over his last nine games and with four consecutive multiple-hit games, he has eight hits in his last 13 at-bats.
The thing is, Norris is a right-hander and as such gets to play against left-handed starting pitching such as Martin Perez of the Rangers, who came into Tuesday as the American League’s ERA leader.
Coco Crisp circles bases after walkoff homer. Minutes later, he’d be hit by a whipping cream pie in the face and take a Gatorade bath.
Right fielder Josh Reddick was in the Oakland clubhouse in the 12th inning Thursday when Coco Crisp delivered the walkoff homer that made the A’s 3-2 winners over the Mariners.
Not being on the field didn’t stop Reddick from doing what he knew he had to do.
“I was too late for the (home run) tunnel,’’ Reddick said, “but there was enough time for everything else.’’
The “everything else’’ Reddick referred to was the tradition of loading up a paper plate with whipping cream and catching Crisp flush in the face with it during the post-game television interview on the field.
Sure, it’s just the first game in spring training, but A’s right fielder Josh Reddick may have already come up with the catch of the season.
Check out Reddick’s home-run saving catch against the Giants’ Michael Morse on Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz. Reddick scaled the fence in right and reached over to rob Morse of a home run. Incredibly, Reddick later robbed Morse of another home run.