Medford product Brown shines in MLB debut
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seth Brown made it count in his first opportunity to bat in a major league game.
The former North Medford and Medford Mustangs standout made his big league debut for the Oakland Athletics Monday, singling to left field in the second inning and later scoring as the A’s began what would be 19-4 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals.
The 27-year-old didn’t stop there, lashing a run-scoring single to left-center off Jorge Lopez in the third, scoring Matt Olson to make it 6-2.
Brown contributed to his new team’s season highs in runs and hits.
Brown was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas following an injury to Oakland outfielder Stephen Piscotty.
With the Aviators of the Pacific Coast League, Brown bashed 37 home runs — second in the minor leagues — while hitting .297 and driving in 104 runs. In his last 10 games with them, he batted .405.
That was enough for the A’s to give the him a chance. Brown played left field and batted sixth in the order.
The 2010 North Medford graduate played first base and in the outfield for Las Vegas. His call-up corresponded with Piscotty going on the 10-day injured list and an injury to Ramon Laureano. The A’s also designated outfielder Nick Martini for assignment.
Against the Royals, Marcus Semien homered, tripled and drove in a career-high seven runs for Oakland.
Jurickson Profar, Matt Chapman and Khris Davis also went deep for the A’s, who are locked in a tight race with Cleveland and Tampa Bay for the two American League wild cards. Josh Phegley drove in three runs and scored three times. Four players had three hits and every starter got at least one as Oakland finished with 22.
After singling in his first two big league at-bats, Brown finished 2-for-6 with two runs and an RBI.
He struck out swinging, grounded to second, popped to shortstop and flied to left.
Homer Bailey (12-8) threw six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits, to get the win against his former team.
Oakland scored five runs in both the second and third, backed by Semien’s big hits.
Royals starter Brad Keller (7-14) lasted just 1 1/3 innings, exiting after Semien’s bases-loaded triple put Oakland up 5-0. After retiring his first four hitters, Keller let six straight reach — including three consecutive walks that forced in two runs prior to Semien’s triple.
Brett Phillips curled his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, inside the right field foul pole in the bottom of the inning.
Semien punctuated the five-run third with a two-out, three-run homer. And the A’s kept right on scoring. Matt Olson ripped a two-run double in the fifth and Profar added a solo shot in the sixth to make it 15-3. Oakland scored in every inning except the first.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon made his first career appearance on the mound, throwing 1 1/3 innings giving up three runs on five hits. Gordon walked off to a standing ovation from Royals fans.
Kansas City infielder Humberto Arteaga pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed just a solo home run to Davis in the ninth.
Bubba Starling had three hits for the Royals.
CANHA EARNS AL HONOR
Oakland outfielder Mark Canha hit .474 (9 for 19) with four home runs and seven RBIs in five games last week en route to being selected the American League player of the week. Canha has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball in August, batting .370 with five homers and 15 RBIs.
HOME PLATE UMP LEAVES EARLY
Plate umpire Chris Guccione left the game with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. He was hit in the mask by a foul ball earlier. First base ump Mike Everitt took over behind home plate.
Royals: Manager Ned Yost said LHP Danny Duffy will likely start on Saturday. Duffy has been on the injured list since Aug. 6 with a left hamstring strain. He threw five innings Sunday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, allowing one run and four hits. ... Yost also said he expects SS Adalberto Mondesi to rejoin the team on Sept. 1, when the rosters expand. Mondesi hasn’t played since July 16 because of a shoulder injury.
The teams play the second game of their four-game series Tuesday night. Mike Montgomery (3-6) pitches for Kansas City against Mike Fiers (12-3).
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