The A’s bounced back from a demoralizing three game skid in a powerful manner Monday night, smashing a season high tying three home runs to throttle the Rockies in the opener of their interleague series at the Coliseum.
Josh Reddick and Ike Davis each hit towering two-run home runs into the right field bleachers in the first inning to set the tone of the game, with Kendall Graveman tossing seven scoreless frames to get Oakland back in the win column.
“I don’t look at it as me stopping the bleeding, I look at it as us stopping the bleeding. It’s a team effort,” said Graveman.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville, the rookie righty has gone 4-2 with a 2.01 ERA over 8 starts, including pitching seven or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed in each of his past five outings.
“The confidence factor is definitely there. The success brings confidence,” added Graveman.
Along with the confidence of their fifth starting pitcher, the A’s have rebounded well from a sub par start to the season, winning 10 of their past 15 games to claw back to nine games under the .500 mark.
Butler, the A’s biggest off season acquisition, showed signs of life of busting out of his season long slump over the weekend which came to fruition Monday evening as the designated hitter scored three runs and ended the contest just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
“I think I just needed to catch a break. I’ve hit a lot of balls hard right at people,” said Butler.
The other Billy on the team did not catch a break in the game, as the speedy lead off man was robbed by a few excellent defensive plays by Colorado to end his hitting streak at 16 games.
The A’s will look to start a winning streak Tuesday night against the Rockies with Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.09) will take the mound against Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 3.15) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PST.