Vogt hits homer, sacrifices ball as A’s beat Blue Jays 5-1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Vogt loved going to San Francisco Giants games on July 4 or Mother’s Day when…
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Vogt loved going to San Francisco Giants games on July 4 or Mother’s Day as a kid from central California, and now he’s really enjoying playing on a special holiday.
On Monday, Vogt, 37, changed his boardwalk music to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” then swung for the fences.
“Just grateful to be born in the United States. It’s kind of cheesy. It’s always special to play on the holidays, but the 4th of July is always such a beautiful day. I’m just grateful for that,” said Vogt said “There were a lot of memories of the good times. A packed crowd at the Coliseum – there’s no better place to play major league baseball than the Coliseum filled with fans. Obviously we fed off of that.” tonight.
Vogt’s family had also just arrived for the summer, and he gave them a home run and a sacrifice fly on July 4 as the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Monday night.
“I would say he was born in the United States, for sure,” winning pitcher Cole Irvin said. “I knew he was going to hit one today.”
Ramón Laureano also went deep and Elvis Andrus scored a two-run brace to back up Irvin’s gem for the A’s, which drew a season-high 24,403 fans on fireworks night.
Some of them chanted “We believe in Stephen Vogt!” in a chorus reminiscent of the cheers that became popular during the veteran receiver’s first stint with the club that included unexpected playoff exploits.
“The atmosphere is just like before,” said Vogt’s proud wife, Alyssa.
Irvin struck out his first 11 batters before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled in the fourth and Alejandro Kirk followed with a scoring single. A’s third baseman Vimael Machin then rushed to his right and caught a yank from Teoscar Hernández to avoid more damage.
Irvin (3-6) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter in a season-best eight innings to earn his first win in nine starts since returning from the disabled list on May 22. It had been 0-5 during that streak, with four straight losses.
Vogt has done his part – again. In October 2013, he produced a playoff winning streak for a 1-0 win over Justin Verlander and the Tigers that sent the best-of-five AL Division series to Detroit tied at 1.
Toronto right-hander Alek Manoah (9-3) was scored for five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He missed a chance to tie Verlander, now with Houston, and the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin for the major league lead in wins.
Former A-star Matt Chapman received a hearty ovation when he came to the plate for the first time for Toronto.
Before the game, Chapman returned to Oakland with his new team and drove to the visitors’ clubhouse, where a photo greeted him in his locker.
He felt some emotion at the Coliseum after the A’s traded him to Matt Olson in March. The A’s also lost Sean Manaea, Chris Bassitt and Mark Canha last offseason. Manager Bob Melvin left to lead the Padres.
“It’s tough because we were all together, we were all racing for many years in a row, and then it all happens very quickly,” Chapman said. “It’s a big shift for everyone there.”
He’s happy to be in Toronto now — and the Blue Jays are happy to have him.
“We love Matt Chapman,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We have improved a lot thanks to him.
Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman, who pulled off a return with his right foot in a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Saturday’s doubleheader opener, credits the padding in his cleats with protecting his ankle against serious damage. “I feel like I have to test it out before I go out there and try to throw 100 pitches on it,” Gausman said. “You want to be able to test it, but you also don’t want to do something while you’re testing it to push it further.” He played catch and will do so again on Tuesday before the Blue Jays determine his status to throw Friday in Seattle. …. C Danny Jansen (broken pinky finger) was with Triple-A Buffalo in rehab. … RHP Yimi García (back strain) struck out two in a clear round in Buffalo.
Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas will undergo an MRI scan Tuesday on his pitching shoulder after leaving Sunday’s series finale in Seattle with inflammation. Manager Mark Kotsay seemed optimistic that Montas – the subject of trade speculation – was ready to take his next turn in the rotation. “We’re doing well. He doesn’t think it’s a big deal, so it’s positive,” Kotsay said. … RHP Dany Jiménez, who was on the 15-day injured list on June 21 with a pitching shoulder tense, played catch and is about to start a throwing progression.
LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-4, 3.74 ERA) takes the mound for Toronto on Tuesday after going 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts against Oakland last year. He has a 3.19 ERA in nine career games against the A’s. RHP Adrián Martínez (1-1, 6.30) kicks off the midgame in the series for Athletics.
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