Manager Bob Melvin talked about left fielder Yoenis Cespedes' recent offensive struggles before Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Melvin said he wasn't too concerned about Cespedes being mired in a 7-for-46 slump the previous 11 games because of how hard Cespedes works on a daily basis. It was only a matter of time, he added. As if on cue, Cespedes turned in a jaw-dropping, all-around performance that he punctuated with a two-out, two-run triple in the seventh inning to break a tie and propel the A's to an 11-3 victory before a sold-out crowd at the Coliseum. For good measure, Cespedes mashed a three-run home run in the eighth as he matched his career-high with five RBIs. "Boy, I tell you, there were several things he did that really affected the game," Melvin said. "Certainly the first two throws" can't be overlooked. That the A's were even within striking distance after the first six innings owed in large part to Cespedes' play in the field -- namely the throws Melvin referenced. Twice in the same inning, Cespedes nailed Angels runners at the plate as they attempted to score from second base on a single. Right fielder Josh Reddick and third baseman Josh Donaldson also turned in sparkling defensive plays. "Those plays don't go without notice," Reddick said of Cespedes' spot-on throws. "Tommy's kind of struggling there early on, and you try to do your best to pick up your team, and that's what he did. He made two huge throws." Few were more thankful than A's starter Tommy Milone, who survived two rocky innings to start the game and a three-run home run in the fourth before being replaced after six innings.
Yoenis Cespedes delivers for A's in win over Angels
Oakland Tribune | Jun 1