What a difference a year makes. In the starting lineup for the A’s – just one season ago, mind you – were Jemile Weeks, Kurt Suzuki, Daric Barton, and Cliff Pennington. Jonny Gomes also checked in as a pinch-hitter.
The A’s managed seven singles on the evening - and were also issued five walks - which they turned into one run (while leaving nine men on base). But the run stood up! Thanks to Tommy Milone (8IP, 3H, 0R), the A’s shook off a season-opening series loss to Seattle with a 1-0 blanking of the mighty (cough) Kansas City Royals.
Suzuki had himself quite a night, collecting as many hits as the Royals in 24 less at-bats, and receiving a free pass in his other trip to the plate. And he also handcuffed two would-be base stealers, thwarting any Royal hopes of robbing the A’s of a victory.
But the accolades this night went to his first-year battery mate, and rightly so. Here’s Zonis with the recap!