Murphy’s 3-run homer helps A’s split DH with Tigers

by | Jul 21, 2022 | Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — Sean Murphy clobbered a baseball and sent it directly through the window of a suite in center field, an impressive drive the Oakland Athletics hope will provide some much-needed momentum to start the second half.Crazy thing, manager Mark Kotsay even had a suite in that very area — “I might have had the one next to it,” he noted — while a player for the A’s back in 2006.Murphy’s three-run homer highlighted Oakland’s five-run sixth inning that broke up a scoreless game, and the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Thursday to split a doubleheader. “That was a pretty good shot,” Murphy said with a smile after a drive that was projected at 447 feet.In the first game, Jeimer Candelario homered and Robbie Grossman doubled twice and drove in three runs against his former team as Detroit won 7-2.Murphy connected for his 10th homer — his second straight season in double digits — off Garrett Hill (1-2), a rookie making his third major league start.Stephen Vogt added a sacrifice fly and Tony Kemp an RBI single in the fifth for the A’s, who started an eight-game homestand Thursday to begin the second half.“Splitting a doubleheader’s good — you don’t want to lose both,” Murphy said. “That was …

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