Seth Brown hit his first career MLB home run on Saturday. Surely it was special for the 28-year-old, who toiled in the Minors for most of his first five professional seasons.
But Brown’s second career homer was awfully special too, as it made the difference in the A’s 7-5 comeback win over the D-backs at Chase Field on Tuesday.
The A’s had been mostly listless on offense through six innings, drumming up only one run on three hits and two walks — including only one baserunner from the fourth through the sixth. They found life in the seventh, though, with Jed Lowrie providing the wakeup call.
Lowrie lifted a low fastball over the left-center-field wall for a game-tying three-run blast. That marked his fourth consecutive multihit game, and his sixth in 12 games this season.
Brown took care of the rest in the eighth, drilling a middle-middle slider to the seats in right. The ball left Brown’s bat with a 103.4 mph exit velocity, one of six 100-plus mph balls hit by the A’s in the game.