Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Mariners.
In a fun back-and-forth contest, Plouffe stepped to the plate against Dan Altavilla with two on and one out in the seventh inning and the A's clinging to a 6-5 advantage. Plouffe provided breathing room and then some, connecting for a 390-foot homer to left to boost the Athletics to a 9-5 advantage. That one hit rescued what would have been a disappointing evening, as he struck out in his other three at-bats. Through his first 51 at-bats of the season, Plouffe has struggled to a .216/.293/.392 triple-slash with three home runs and eight RBI.
Ryon Healy went 3-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Mariners.
Healy doubled home a run in the third inning against James Paxton and later came through with an RBI single in the fifth to finish with two RBI on the evening. As of four games ago, the 25-year-old was hitting just .170/.204/.340, but a four-game hitting streak has bumped that triple-slash to .268/.317/.446. Healy has picked up two doubles in that space and has driven in four runs in his last three games.
Taylor Motter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the A's.
Motter played temporary hero in this one, socking a two-run, game-tying home run in the sixth inning. That knotted the score at 5-5, but the Mariners could not capitalize on their new life and ultimately fell by a 9-6 final. Motter is off to a hot start on the season, slashing a sturdy .282/.349/.718 with four home runs and eight RBI over the course of 39 at-bats. All four of those home runs have come in his last eight games.
Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the A's.
Cano picked up an RBI single against A's starter Cesar Valdez in the first inning, but was unable to find a hit the rest of the way through. The All-Star second baseman has been slow to start this month and is slashing a mere .242/.324/.394 with two home runs and 12 RBI over 66 at-bats.
Cesar Valdez yielded three runs on five hits over four innings in Thursday's no-decision against the Mariners.
Valdez was called up to start in place of Kendall Graveman (shoulder). He did a fine enough job considering the situation. Making his first major league appearance since 2010, Valdez surrendered an RBI single to Robinson Cano and a pair of RBI hits in a two-run second inning before he settled down to keep the scoreboard clean over his final two innings of work. This may have been a one-off showing, as the A's could send Valdez back down to Triple-A on Friday.
James Paxton turned in his first poor start of the season while taking a no-decision in Thursday's 9-6 loss to the A's, surrendering five runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Paxton entered Thursday's outing having not allowed a run in 21 innings (three starts). He started out against the A's in similar enough fashion, posting zeros over the first two innings. Adam Rosales and Ryon Healy would prove his nemesis, though, with both players picking RBI hits in a three-run third inning. The A's would score twice more in the fifth to drive Paxton from the mound. He finished his evening having struck out eight. The 28-year-old southpaw will carry a 1.78 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 35/5 K/BB ratio (25 1/3 innings) into a road start against the Tigers next time out as he tries his best to cope with having an ERA over 0.00.
Delino DeShields came through with a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning to help the Rangers top the Royals 1-0 on Thursday.
After Joey Gallo's out-out double set the stage, DeShields lined a Travis Wood offering over the third baseman's head and down the left field line for the game-winning hit. It was his only hit in four at-bats and just his second hit all season. There was talk of the 24-year-old possibly having a large role with the Rangers coming out of camp, but he's been buried by manager Jeff Banister and hasn't helped his case with his poor hitting when given an opportunity. Sometimes something like a walk-off hit can be a catalyst for a slumping hitter. Perhaps Thursday's walk-off single will do just that for DeShields.
Lorenzo Cain had a hit, a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
That was about as exciting as a Royals offensive performance got on Thursday, as the club collected just four hits and didn't score a run in 13 innings of baseball. The steal was Cain's sixth of the year, best in the American League. After an injury-marked 2016 season, Cain has looked perfectly healthy en route to a .340/.462/.396 line to start 2017.