Six A's batters notched multi-hit games, to narrow the gap between the two teams in the standings.
In the sweltering heat of October, Tom Lucchese of the A's faced off against David Robinson of the Navigators, with each team ultimately striking out 6 batters. After being deadlocked at 4-4 through 5 innings in a very evenly matched see-saw affair, the A’s Collins hammered a ball into the treetops at McLean to go ahead by 2, and then the A's scored 7 in the 7th, and 10 in the 8th to end the game early. Lucchese went the distance for the A's, only 24 hours after competing in the Home Run Derby.
Other A's highlights: Gene Kassman went 3 for 4 and caught all game, blocking balls even in the dizzying heat; Tom Garboczi went 4 for 6 and had 3 RBIs; Manny Rivera went 2 for 5 with a single and a double and 2 RBIs; Keith Mitchell blasted an RBI triple into the Right-Center gap and delivered 4 RBIs on the day; Damon Cruz got the fielding award, in addition to his 3 hits at the plate, playing the hot corner with ease even though it is not his usual position.
For the Navigators, Pepe Gil hit the ball with authority in every at-bat, reaching base in all three appearances with 2 hits.
Today's scoring bonanza has put the A's just a half game behind the Navigators, with the two teams facing off again Monday night at Frank Mann field at 7pm.