Oakland – It’s becoming common to end games in this fashion. The A’s have found their niche when it comes to extra innings. Matt Olson hit a walk-off home run on the first pitch to lift Oakland over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.
Olson was hot at the plate, two hits and two RBIs was all that was needed in taming Milwaukee. Now the A’s remain in the race for the postseason. They recorded their eighth walk-off win of the season.
“We definitely have the talent in here to be a playoff team, and compete with some of the best teams out there,” said Olson. “We might not get the same attention, but we’re all good with it. That’s a good team over there that we just beat, on a night we didn’t swing great.”
Olson drove in Jurickson Profar with a double in the third and capped the night off with a solo shot in the tenth. Khris Davis hit his 17th home run of the season in the eighth for the 2-1 lead. The drought is over, Davis homered on a fly ball to left field.
He ended his longest skid at 29 this season. Davis had not homered in the month of July, until tonight. Once the ball took the flight the fans rose to their feet and Davis teammates greeted him with handshakes and hugs in the dugout.
“It was a big load off everybody’s back,” Bob Melvin said. “Against [Davis] old team, maybe a little extra inspiration. We’ve been waiting for this. His at-bats were better and his swing was looking healthy. It was a matter of time before hit hit one, and it came in a big spot.”
Chris Bassitt tossed six scoreless frames, allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six. He got out of a jam in the sixth. Two on with two outs, Bassitt struck out Christian Yelich to end the threat. A much better start than his last outing, that was against the Houston Astros last Wednesday when he was the losing pitcher.
Milwaukee tried stay close, Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single tied the game 1-1 in the eighth. Eric Thames hit a solo shot in the ninth to tie the game again 2-2 and send it to extras innings.
The Brewers desperate for a win remain in second behind both the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals who are tied for first in the National League.