Whether Zack Greinke signaled his pitch or not isn’t clear, but Athletics center fielder Ramón Laureano certainly hit it like he knew what was coming when he launched a hanging slider for a three-run homer to give Oakland an early lead in Thursday’s Game 4 of the American League Division
Greinke held up two fingers to catcher
Laureano had unleashed a midgame pep talk to fire up the Athletics in their Game 3 comeback win Wednesday, but this time, Oakland’s center fielder let his bat do the talking with his second-inning smash.
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The home run was Oakland’s 11th of the series, extending its record for most long balls in a postseason series. The prior record was nine, set during a four-game sweep of the Giants in the 1989 World Series.
The A’s have tied the Major League record for home runs in a Division Series, equaling the mark set by the Mariners and Yankees in 1995 and the Astros in 2004.
Helped by five homers in Wednesday’s 9-7 victory, the A’s have 14 in seven games this postseason, second only to the 16 they hit in nine postseason games in 1989. They’ve homered in six consecutive games this postseason, breaking the previous club record of five set in ’88.