Not much has gone right for the Athletics lately. After being swept by the lowly Rangers, they were in danger of dropping two out of three to the Phillies. The two teams were locked in a 6-6 tie going into the bottom of the tenth, with each side having squandered plenty of opportunities to push across more runs.
With a runner on first base and one out, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw a 1-0 fastball right over the middle of the plate and Donaldson demolished it, hitting a no-doubter to straightaway center field for a walk-off two-run home run. It’s Donaldson’s third walk-off homer of the season, most in the majors per ESPN Stats & Info.
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Donaldson now has 28 home runs, 97 RBI, and a .255/.339/.458 slash line. Meanwhile, the Athletics remain a half-game up on the Royals, who beat the Tigers today, for the first of two American League Wild Card slots. The A’s extend their lead over the Mariners, who lost to the Astros, to 1.5 games.