Vogt ties career high with five RBIs vs. Friars
SAN DIEGO -- Stephen Vogt is a walking ice pack. The A's catcher, who launched his second grand slam of the season in Monday's 9-1 victory in San Diego, not only leads the team in home runs and RBIs, but bumps and bruises, too.
Vogt took several more foul balls off his body Monday, including one in the seventh that hit him "like in three different places," said A's manager Bob Melvin, and led to a visit from the training staff.
He remained in the game and hit the grand slam in his next at-bat, highlighting a five-run eighth inning.
"He's like a magnet," said Melvin. "Recently here, it seems like he takes two or three shots a day.
"He's banged up, really banged up. He'll be off [Tuesday], unfortunately. Had a great game tonight and started swinging the bat better, but we have to keep him healthy, and he's got a myriad of things he's dealing with right now."
"When I got hit on that play, all I know is that my jaw and side of my head and shoulder are sore," said Vogt. "It just ricocheted off a couple of places. I know I'm sore, but I'm fine.
"You never really want a day off, especial when you're swinging the bat like I did tonight. You always want to be in there, but probably the best thing I can do tomorrow. I'll be ready to pinch-hit, obviously, pinch-hit if that's what we need."
The A's All-Star candidate (currently second to Kansas City's Salvador Perez in balloting to be the American League's starting catcher), who hit .348 in April and .301 in May, entered the day with just three hits in 38 June at-bats, before doubling that total with a pair of singles and his 12th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Cory Mazzoni.
"To be honest, I went up there my first at-bat and kind of had a lackluster swing, didn't feel like I was aggressive," said Vogt. "So I just said, 'Forget this, I'm just going to try to hit the ball as hard as I can.'"
Vogt, who finished with a career-high-tying five RBIs to increase his season total to 45, was also on the receiving end of yet another stellar performance from an A's starter. Jesse Hahn limited the Padres to just one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings.
"He's a great guy to throw to," said Hahn. "I owe him a lot.
"He might work harder than anyone in here. He's a gamer. Always gonna give you 100 to 110 percent, and he puts his teammates before himself."