Pinder has career-high four hits, flirts with cycle
A's outfielder's homer, two RBIs help club rally in comeback win
By Joshua Thornton
ANAHEIM -- Chad Pinder's career day helped spark the A's offense and give Oakland its first series win in Anaheim since June 23-26, 2016, as it came from behind to beat the Angels, 11-10, on Sunday at Angel Stadium.
The A's right fielder was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5, belting his 10th homer of the season and notching two RBIs. Pinder also extended his hitting streak to four games, which ties a career high for the rookie.
The 25-year-old said he felt "locked in," and the adjustments he's made with hitting coach Darren Bush since coming off the disabled list attributed to his career-high four hits. Pinder wasn't aware he was close to the cycle until first-base coach Mike Aldrete quipped about his single in the eighth.
"[Aldrete] was joking with me as I hit the single up the middle and he goes, 'You couldn't stretch that out into a triple?'" Pinder recalled. "It's not something you really think about it until it really happens."
Since returning from DL stint with a hamstring injury on July 31, Pinder is 9-for-18 with three RBIs and two doubles. Pinder said there's a trick to his success: He's just trying to keep things easy.
"Just keeping it simple," Pinder said. "Because when you come off that type of extended time off, you get in there and try to do too much. Everything gets out of whack, so trying to be as simple as possible and using my lower body."
Pinder has hit nine of his 10 homers against right-handers, and 22 of 41 hits this season gone for extra bases. The A's have also used him in multiple spots on the field, including second base and right field, which has pleased manager Bob Melvin.
Pinder's play is no surprise to Melvin.
"He can really hit," Melvin said. "Just as impressive as the job he's done in the outfield. He's been an infielder his whole career, and now we have him ... in the outfield. He's getting good reads, making good throws. He looks like he's been out there longer than he has at this point, so he continues to impress."
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim. He covered the A's on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.