It won’t be the most clutch home run Seth Smith has ever produced or even the longest he’ll ever hit.
But Tuesday’s homer in the fourth inning of Boston’s Alfredo Aceves is likely to go down as the hardest Smith has ever hit, even if Smith himself doesn’t think that’s necessarily so.
The A’s had scored just 15 runs in four games, all losses, coming into Tuesday.
They scored six times in the third inning and 13 times in the game in bringing the losing streak to an end.
Does that mean they want to go out and take all their at-bats in the rain and cold? No. but it does mean they enter Wednesday’s series finale against Boston lefty Jon Lester feeling much better about things.
A's Yoenis Cespedes runs under stands at Fenway to get loose while avoiding rain Tuesday.
Just looking at Boston and Fenway Park late in the afternoon, it’s hard to see baseball being played here this evening.
But the A’s and the Red Sox are getting ready to do just that. They’ve been told that, at least for the moment, to prepare for a 6:35 start (3:35 PDT) in what is being forecast to be a light rain.
Nothing seems to bother A’s starter A.J. Griffin when he’s on the mound, which makes him just the sort you’d like to have going for you in an emotional game.
And there was more emotion Monday than you would have in your standard April 22 game, given that it was in Fenway Park just a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon that bruised a nation’s sense of itself.
“You just go out and pitch, do the same things you always do,’’ was the way Griffin put it going into the game.
Remember back in the 1989 Oakland-San Francisco World Series, baseball took a back seat to the Loma Prieta earthquake?
Something of the same is happening in Boston these days. The Red Sox game Friday night against Kansas City Royals was postponed with parts of Boston and is suburbs in lockdown while the authorities pursue a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.