WASHINGTON (AP) — Joey Meneses strike a recreation-profitable a few-operate homer in the 10th inning to cap his first four-strike match as the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-5 Thursday evening.
Meneses homered to proper-heart off Oakland rookie Norge Ruiz (-1), increasing his regular to .354.
Shea Langeliers homered and drove in three operates for the A’s. Oakland starter Ken Waldichuk, obtained past thirty day period in a offer that despatched Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino to the New York Yankees, made his important league debut and permitted one operate in 4 2/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Meneses spent 12 seasons in the minors right before the Nationals known as him up following working Josh Bell and Juan Soto and the trade deadline, and he has hit 7 home operates in 25 game titles.
Now, he has Washington’s initially sport-ending strike of the season.
“It was really major for me,” Meneses claimed. “All people many years of playing in the minor leagues to get to this issue and executing it at this instant and on this phase, it is just a little something I’m likely to get pleasure from really a great deal.”
The Nationals’ final activity-ending homer was Yadiel Hernandez’s shot versus the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 1, 2021.
Trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 10th, the Nationals shut within 5-4 on Keibert Ruiz’s run-scoring single with a person out. Lane Thomas walked with two outs, placing the phase for Meneses. He fell at the rear of -2, evened the depend and then blasted a slider to conclusion it.
“We’re heading to keep on to preach early outs and having ahead of hitters and getting able to end,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay reported. “And which is been a minimal little bit of our nemesis this yr, being ready to end, and it caught up to us again.”
Meneses has 35 hits, the most at any time for a Nationals rookie as a result of 25 online games. The ideal fielder also had singles in the first, third and seventh.
“We’ve been seeing him all calendar year, even in (Triple-A) Rochester, and he’s been hitting all 12 months lengthy,” Washington supervisor Dave Martinez explained. “Nothing’s changed. That is a single point I hold reiterating to him: Nothing at all modifications when you occur up right here. You drove the ball to ideal industry, remaining area. Just do the very same detail and stay on the ball. He’s been brilliant.”
Hunter Harvey, the Nationals’ sixth reliever in the match, retired the 1st two hitters in the top of the 10th prior to going for walks Vimael Machín. Langeliers then doubled off the fence in correct-centre, scoring Machín and automated runner Sheldon Neuse.
Harvey (1-) attained his initial victory since Aug. 20, 2019.
Waldichuk immediately uncovered himself driving 1- when Thomas laced his initial pitch to remaining for a double and Meneses included a operate-scoring one. But, in spite of having five hits and four walks towards the left-hander, Washington didn’t rating once more. The Nationals stranded 5 runners in scoring posture in the initial a few innings.
Waldichuk struck out 6, the most for an Oakland starting pitcher in his main league debut considering the fact that Dallas Braden had six on April 24, 2007, at Baltimore.
“He did a wonderful occupation for his to start with outing,” Kotsay mentioned. “He got himself out of a pair jams early and made his pitches when he experienced to. He obviously received into some deep counts, which restricted the innings he could go. But all round, I considered he threw sufficient strikes. He experienced some foul balls, which strikeout pitchers will accumulate. Going forward, it’s a discovering curve for him and we’ll develop off this one particular.”
Oakland took a 3-1 direct in the seventh on RBI singles by Tony Kemp and Seth Brown. Washington bought 1 back again on Nelson Cruz’s operate-scoring grounder later in the inning, then tied it on Ildemaro Vargas’ RBI single in the eighth.
Washington starter Paolo Espino yielded five hits and one operate — Langeliers’ solo homer to lead off the fifth — in 5 innings when placing out a time-high 6.
Athletics: In addition to introducing Waldichuk, Oakland recalled OF Cody Thomas from Triple-A Las Vegas and designated RHP David McKay for assignment. Thomas singled in the fifth for his initially hit in the majors.
Nationals: Washington recalled C Tres Barrera and RHP Mason Thompson from Rochester.
UP Up coming
Athletics: LHP JP Sears (5-1, 2.28 Era), who is 2-1 with a 2.53 Era in four commences with Oakland, gets the nod Friday in the opener of a three-activity series at Baltimore.
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.67) pitches for the first time due to the fact Aug. 20 as Washington faces the New York Mets to start off a three-city, 10-video game excursion.
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