Miguel Tejada became the 4th player in A’s history to hit for the cycle. He had a triple in the first inning and later hit a single and a double. In the 7th inning he came up with the bases loaded and hit a grandslam to cap his memorable night.
The A’s won for the 10th time in 11 games. Eric Chavez hit another homerun, giving him 27 on the year. The A’s have a chance to have 3 infielders with 30 homers this season: Jason Giambi (33), Chavez (27), and Miguel Tejada (27).
Tim Hudson pitched 8 innings and allowed only 3 runs, but got the no decision in a 4-3, extra innings win for the A’s…Jermaine Dye extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Jermaine Dye was announced the AL player of the month and Barry Zito was announced the AL pitcher of the month. Dye hit .330 with 32 RBI and 7 homers. Zito dominated, going 5-1 with a 1.02 ERA.
Jason Giambi hit his 40th double of the season, making him 2 doubles shy of breaking the all-time Oakland record for doubles in a season, held by himself and Ben Grieve…Johnny Damon sat out for the second straight day because of bruised thumb…Luis Vizcaino retired Cal Ripken Jr. in his last at-bat against the A’s ever. When Ripken made his ML debut on August 10th, 1981, Vizcaino was 4 years, 2 months old.
Barry Zito threw 6 innings and did not allow an earned run. His ERA lowered to 3.70, one of the best in the league…Ramon Hernandez played 1st base for the second time this year after Jason Giambi was pulled from the game for “precautionary reasons”.
Eric Chavez continued his dominance over the Orioles. He hit a home run and later got single. More importantly, Chavez made two spectacular plays, making him a favorite for the Gold Glove award at 3rd base.
Mark Mulder threw a complete game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a 3-1 A’s victory. Mulder now has six complete games in 2001, making him the AL leader. Mulder may be a favorite to win the Cy Young because of his 6 complete games, 17 wins and a 3.48 ERA.