Reddick, miffed at Tuesday PH, gets last laugh with Thursday home run
On Tuesday, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin pinch-hit for outfielder Josh Reddick in the late innings of an eventual 2-1 loss.
Melvin went with a right-handed hitter to face Texas Rangers lefty Ross Detwiler, and after the game Reddick vocalized his frustration to Melvin about the move.
As Josh told John Hickey of Inside the A's, "I wasn’t happy about it. Me and Bob talked about it."
With the A's up 4-0 on Thursday in the eighth inning, Detwiler again on the mound, Reddick got his revenge by swatting a big three-run home run to increase the lead with authority.
Afterwards, Reddick noted that yes, the chance to hit against Detwiler the second time around was good for him: “Me and Detwiler go way back to his time with Team USA. I’ve see[sic] him for the last seven or eight years and understand how he pitches. Having been pinch-hit for, yeah, that’s motivation for me.’’
Perhaps next time, Reddick (a career .220 hitter against left-handed pitching) will be trusted to get the job done against Detwiler.