Khris Davis and the A's have a reputation for hitting balls over the fence -- they're tied for eighth in Major League Baseball with 95 homers -- but that didn't necessarily mean success. So, they took a different approach this week as they headed to SoCal to face the Angels, and it worked.
"I like the runs we've been putting up collectively," Davis told reporters Thursday night. "I feel like we've got a rhythm going. It feels good to know things are clicking."
Thursday's 7-4 victory and the three-game series win in Anaheim brought more hits, not just long balls, which manager Bob Melvin appreciated.
"We know we can hit some homers, but when we win games like this, it's good," Melvin said. "We have to be able to win games without the homers."
We all dig the long ball, sure, but during the team's recent home series against the Houston Astros, it appeared that's all the Green and Gold could do. The A's were swept in three games, and scored just seven runs while hitting six homers. You do the math.
During the three-gamer in Anaheim, however, the A's tallied 19 RBI with 32 hits and just two home runs. And in the series finale, the team took advantage of the Halos' three errors.
The A's also were led by Mike Fiers, who tossed six strong innings with no walks and struck out five. He gave up a homer to Mike Trout, but that's to be expected against one of the game's greats.