A's Roar Into First Place With Big Win
Written by: John Kruk
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The A's continued their batting barrage on Saturday, banging out 18 hits in an 18-7 win over the perennial LL champion Phillies. The Green Machine scored early and often in this one, opening it up for good with a 7-run 5th inning.
With the victory, the A's ran their record to 5-1 and sit atop the league standings.
Hitting was again the story for the A's, as it has been all season. The Green has scored 73 runs in 6 games, and has been in double digits in all five wins. In this victory, the A's displayed their strength and balance up and down the lineup, scoring in every inning.
Seven players had multiple hit games: Sterling, Luke, Cam and Reese all had three hits, and David, Cole, and Matt had two each. Reese had three doubles and four RBI and Luke also knocked in three runs.
Cam pitched three innings to notch the win, Reese threw two strong innings and retired all six batters he faced, and AK earned the save by closing out the 6th inning.
Next up on the A's schedule is the only team to have beaten them so far, the defending league champion Rangers. The Rangers are the only team thus far to have slowed the potent Green offense, so the A's will have revenge on their mind Tuesday night.