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Game #64: Double Dose of Davis and Standout Game for Lucroy Back Another Montas Gem

On Pride Night, the A’s offense collected two homers by Davis, one by Fowler, three RBI by Lucroy, and three hits by Semien

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View all the game thread chatter here (or to be fair, over at Golden State of Mind; I think that’s where everyone was)

Well, Happy Friday indeed! As the A’s celebrated Pride Night, along with the Warriors’ third NBA championship in four years, the baseball team on the field did not disappoint, throwing a nearly perfect, snappy game, not to be tarnished by a garbage home run by the Royals’ Moustakas on Montas’ last pitch in the eighth. Montas was golden again tonight; throwing 96 pitches in his 7+ innings, allowing just six hits; two of which came in his tired eighth inning, culminating in the two-run home run for the Royals’ only runs of the game. He also struck out five against one walk.

Meanwhile, the A’s played Home Run Derby for Montas early, as Khris Davis homered in the very first inning (16) to put the A’s on the board. Not to be outdone, Dustin Fowler hit his fourth home run of his season in the third to double the lead, and Davis struck again in the fourth (17). The A’s sorely missed his offense while he was out, but he’s back and hitting, the A’s are finally scoring at home, and they’ve been backed by incredible pitching; Montas is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.25 in his three starts.

Perhaps lost in the glitz and glamour of the sexy home runs was the night by Jonathan Lucroy at the plate. After Davis’ second home run in the fourth, the A’s mounted a one-out rally with back-to-back singles by Chapman and Semien. Lucroy’s two-out single scored the A’s fourth run, and in the sixth inning after back-to-back singles by Semien and Piscotty, Lucroy’s double scored two more. The A’s tacked on one final run on a triple by Semien (his third hit of the night) and a Royals’ error.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, Montas flew through seven innings; the only Royals’ rally came in the eighth, courtesy of Mike Moustakas and the shoddy pitching of Emilio Pagan, who retired exactly no one in relief of Montas. Luckily, Lou Trivino closed the eighth and the ninth himself in style, striking out two of the four batters he faced.

This was a solid win for the A’s, who have guaranteed themselves no worse than a split of the weekend series, with plenty of time to do more. The A’s play tomorrow at 1PM; Trevor Cahill Chris Bassitt (Cahill has “an Achilles heel thing) against Danny Duffy. Let’s go for the series win!

Also, fine. I’m liking Dallas Braden on TV. There, I said it.

You know what else? Congrats to the Golden State Warriors; enjoy the party!!!!!!