The Baltimore Orioles took on the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night. They used their power and defeated the A’s 7-2, by hitting four home runs. Trey Mancini was at the forefront of the assault.
OAKLAND, Ca. — In the fourth game in the midst of a West Coast swing, the Orioles looked to capture their first win of the series in Oakland. Baltimore had a poor showing against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, only tallying four hits. That would change on Thursday night.
Baltimore’s four home runs were part of nine extra-base hits on Thursday. Trey Mancini had two by himself and they were both part of back-to-back battery. Mancini was able to hit one home run in the fourth inning, preceded by an Adam Jones home run. Then in the sixth inning, Mancini hit another homer, followed by a Mark Trumbo home run.
“I don’t know if it was unexpected. I didn’t really think too much before the season about how many home runs did I think I would hit or anything,” Mancini said via The Baltimore Sun. “It definitely feels good, especially back in spring training not knowing where I was going to be this year. Just really not try to take any time for granted here and trying to help this team win some games.”
Before the game, Mancini had gone hitless in 11 at-bats in Anaheim against the Angels. He turned things around to say the least.
“Honestly, part of it was just some balls dropping in,” Mancini said. “There were a couple that got hit hard in Anaheim that got caught. For the most part, wasn’t feeling great, which happens throughout the season. Just coming back today, [I was] trying to just hit the ball to right-center.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was also impressed with Mancini’s turnaround at the plate.
“Every time you think Trey is getting ready to maybe have a spot that some rookies do, he seems to get right back on track,” manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s a real testament to him and how strong he is mentally.”
Mancini is currently batting .296/.344/.530, driving in 60 runs and hitting 20 home runs in 355 at-bats. That’s not too shabby for the 25-year old rookie outfielder/first baseman.
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