OAKLAND — James Caprillion bowled six shutout innings and Matt Olsen hit his 25th home run of the season, helping the A’s 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, leading to a two-game lot at the Coliseum. was necessary. .
Kaprilian allowed five hits and took seven hits as he improved to 5-3 this season as a rookie, allowing the A to end their five-game homestand on a positive note.
However, Caprillion was happiest for fellow AK rookie Jacob Wilson, who, after nearly a decade in the minor leagues, scored his first major league hit.
“I feel cold just thinking about it, to be honest,” said Kaprilian. “I know how hard I worked. That guy is 31 and I’m 27, I know how hard he worked, and was even talking to him when I first spring from him.” Found during training, today’s person, character.
“It’s a really special moment when someone like this has to come here and get that knock.”
Wilson, a 10th-round draft choice by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, who played his first major league game on July 10, when the A faced the Texas Rangers at Arlington, came in as a pinch hitter.
Wilson, who turned 31 on July 29, started in left field the next day and went 0-for-2, and has not been in the A’s lineup since.
On Tuesday, Wilson finished ninth in the lineup and began his first MLB game at second base. He went off the field in the third inning, but was singled to center field in the sixth by Angels starter Jose Suarez.
Wilson smiled as he reached first base, then received a huge ovation from fans as he left the field after Tony Kemp’s pinch-runner came on.
“It’s been a long time for me to come,” Wilson said. “After spending 10 years trying to put myself in a position where I could make this dream come true, to go out and get the first hit out of the way – words don’t really describe that feeling. are what you get.”
Earlier this year, Wilson last played in 2019 when he spent time at Triple-A Fresno before his rights were sold to the Korea Baseball Organization.
Wilson also played for the Cardinals in the Triple-A in 2015 and 2016 and with Washington in 2018. But when the Nationals didn’t add him to their alternate site for the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he thought his pro career was over.
Wilson then signed as a non-roster invitee to spring training with the A in November 2020.
“I was sitting at home last year and didn’t get to play, and it was a time when it was really set like this that chances are the dream won’t come true,” Wilson said. ‘The off-season came and I kept working out, taking hits all summer, and Oakland called and said, ‘Do you want to play?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’
“At that time I did not know what opportunities were going to be available to me. So to get that phone call and be able to sign with Oakland this off-season was a huge relief, and then I had to go back into it.
Wilson was 0-for-3 before Tuesday, but this season was hitting .288 with 1.013 Ops in 49 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
“I found a routine that I loved doing in the Cage pregame, and that’s what I’ve tried to stick to as much as I can,” Wilson said of how he’s improved as a hitter, “not playing every day. I’m ‘I’m going to do the same thing every day, which got me where I am.
Oakland now begins what could be an important 10-game road trip that runs until Aug. 1, two days after the MLB trade deadline.
The A plays four games since Thursday in Seattle against the Mariners, the team that is directly behind them in the American League wild card standings. Oakland entered Tuesday three games ahead of Seattle for the final AL playoff spot.
Oakland then faces San Diego on July 27 and 28 and then ends the trip with four games against the Angels.
Kaprilian has now allowed two runs or less in nine of his 12 this season. He entered Tuesday with a 2.90 ERA, the second lowest in the AL among rookies with 45 or more innings.
“I think we did a good job of being in attack mode,” said Kaprilian. “I believe in the people who are behind me, I believe in the person who is behind the dish and I believe in my stuff. So, for me, it’s all about executing the pitches.”
“He’s looking for another gear,” said the A’s manager, Bob Melvin. “In a year when he gets the chance to seize a starting job, not only has he pitched well, he’s gotten better as we’ve moved on and grown up in great situations.”