SEATTLE – So many of Brandon Moss’ home runs are towering no-doubters that land several rows back in the seats.
His 30th of the season Saturday couldn’t have been more different – a line drive that seemed more likely to drill a hole through the right field wall than clear it. But it did make it over, and the two-run blast in the seventh inning of a 7-5 loss to the Mariners gave the A’s first baseman a nice milestone.
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“A lot of times these round numbers – they’re just one more than 29, or one point better than .299, but they mean something for a reason,” Moss said. “That’s because they’re hard to achieve, and when you accomplish something like that, it’s something nobody can take away from you.”
At the start of last season, Moss was a journeyman with just 15 career homers over parts of five big league seasons. He switched from the outfield to first base, got called up from the minors and hit 21 homers to help lead the A’s to a division championship.
He’s beat that this year, reaching the 30-homer mark and knocking in 86 runs despite starting just 114 of 161 games. Moss has seen time at both first base and the outfield but often has sat against left-handed pitchers.
“It’s a real tip of the cap to him,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Thirty home runs is a phenomenal feat when you get 650 at-bats, let alone what he’s got.”
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Third baseman Josh Donaldson said the accomplishment means more because of the home ballpark Moss plays in.
“To play in Oakland and have 30, I feel is even a bigger feat,” Donaldson said. “It’s such a tough place to hit homers at.”