Monday, May 12, 2014

Norris, Kazmir propel A's to fourth series sweep.

With the O.Co Coliseum awash in pink and white, the Oakland Athletics gave their fans plenty to cheer about in their 9-1 victory over the Washington Nationals yesterday, completing their fourth sweep of the year, most in the major leagues. Scott Kazmir turned in a dominant performance on the mound, pitching seven shutout innings and earning his fifth win in six decisions this year. Kazmir exited Sunday’s game with an ERA of 2.28, elevating him to fourth ranked in the AL.

Derek Norris was the offensive star of the day, crushing two nearly identical three-run home runs to left field in the first and second innings, in the first multi-home run game of his career. Norris, who maintains the highest batting average on the team at .385, was acquired by Oakland in the 2011 off-season trade with the Nats for Gio Gonzalez, who also started yesterday’s game. Norris spoke earlier in the week about his motivation to perform well against his former club.

"On my end, you want to show them what they're missing. Not in a drastic, blatant manner, but showing them this is what you could have had."

Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images

The Athletics also continued their Mother’s Day home game tradition of a pink-and-white soaked Breast Cancer Awareness event. The club raised $70,635 to benefit the American Cancer Society. The pre-game ceremony included 350 breast cancer survivors releasing white doves and pink balloons into the air amidst a mishmash of seventies you-go-girl themed disco tracks.

Oakland heads into their final series of this home stand against the Chicago White Sox tonight with a record of 23-15, the best team ERA in the American League (2.91), and a three game lead over the Angels in the AL West.

Posted by Emilia Ortega

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