Chapman, who was out of the starting lineup with a stiff left wrist that was struck by a Nathan Eovaldi pitch on Wednesday night, laid out to rob Rafael Devers of a hit with a runner on first and one out in the top of the eighth and the A's holding a four-run lead. Chapman fired to second to retire Blake Swihart and keep the momentum on Oakland's side.
“It got a little sore as [Wednesday's] game went along and it’s a little sore today,” Melvin said before the game.
With the A’s eight games deep (through Thursday) into a stretch of 18 consecutive games, Melvin had planned on resting Chapman at some point soon, anyway.
Chapman entered Thursday batting .303 in nine games with three homers, six RBIs and a team-high 1.061 OPS.