One of the boxes A's manager Bob Melvin needed to check off after Oakland's historic 19-inning victory was to chat with Yoenis Céspedes, who spent time admiring his long drive in the ninth inning, only to turn a likely double into a single. Melvin didn't appreciate the lack of hustle. "I talked to Yoenis; he thought it was out," Melvin said before the game. "He's not going to do it again. It's not being lackadaisical. He thought it was a home run." Céspedes returned to work Tuesday with a different approach: hustle, regardless. He hit two more long drives and both times was quick out of the batter's box, and his spirited dashes ignited a 10-6 victory by the A's, who had just enough energy to put away the Angels. "I told Bob it will never happen again," Céspedes said in reference to the nonchalant trip to first base. With Nate Freiman the only healthy position player on the bench and a bullpen that was maxed out the night before, Jarrod Parker stepped up with six-plus innings for his first win of the season. The A's are 5-0 against the Angels, scoring at least eight runs each game. Showing no signs of fatigue after playing the entire 6-hour, 32-minute series opener, Céspedes legged out an RBI double to right-center and two-run triple to left-center, both on balls hit off the high walls in the Coliseum gaps. "He's extremely important to our success, and what we do as a team goes through him," said Parker, acknowledging the difference Céspedes makes. The A's are 11-2 when he's in the lineup (including the three games since coming off the disabled list), 5-10 when he's not. Seth Smith scored on Céspedes' double in the fourth inning, and Céspedes' hustle enabled him to take an extra base on shortstop Erick Aybar's errant relay to the plate - and score moments later on a wild pitch. An inning later, Céspedes sprinted 270 feet for his first triple of the year, scoring John Jaso and Adam Rosales.
Céspedes helps key A's 10-6 win over Angels
San Francisco Chronicle | May 1