Donaldson: 'I got a good pitch to drive'
Josh Donaldson hit his 12th home run of the season Wednesday on a first-pitch offering from Homer Bailey. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- Remember when Josh Donaldson was scuffling about, batting at a 1-for-21 clip (.048)?
Wasn't that long ago, actually. But it feels like a lifetime ago, especially with his sudden resurgence at the plate.
Donaldson hit his second home run in as many games Wednesday, a monster three-run shot into the left-field stands that was his 12th homer of the year. And, like Tuesday night's shot, it came on a first-pitch offering.
"I'm looking to be aggressive there," he said, "and I got a good pitch to drive.
"I like to be challenged."
Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey obliged, and now Donaldson is 12 for his last 36 (.333).
In going 1-4, against the Reds, Yoenis Cespedes has a base hit in all nine interleague games thus far, going 12-38 (.316) with two home runs, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and nine runs scored against the National League.
Jed Lowrie is also streaking, going 12 for his last 25 (.480) with five RBI and seven runs scored over his last six games. This after he was just 7 for 47 with an RBI in his previous 12 games.
Josh Reddick has bumped his season batting average to a high of .218. And while that may not seem all that impressive, he has raised his average 66 points as he was hitting just .152 when he went on the disabled list on May 7.
Chris Young entered the game 5-8 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk in two games as the A's leadoff batter. Wednesday, though, he was 0-4 with four strikeouts, his first four K game since May 20, 2009. According to Bay Area baseball historian David Feldman, Young is the first A's leadoff hitter to strike out four times in a game since Adam Kennedy in 2009.