OAKLAND -- Francisco Arcia injected a bit of levity into the Angels' 21-3 loss to the A's at the Coliseum on Thursday afternoon, becoming the first Major League player to catch, pitch and homer in the same game.
Arcia started behind the plate and then took the mound in the seventh after the Angels had tumbled into a 16-run deficit. The 29-year-old rookie gave up back-to-back home runs to Nick Martini and Chad Pinder that extended the A's lead to 21-2, though he worked a scoreless eighth to cap his second pitching appearance of the season.
In the ninth, Arcia helped atone for his pitching missteps by crushing a two-out solo shot off Chris Hatcher.
"I just try to stay positive and just play hard all game," Arcia said. "I feel good about it."
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Earlier this season, Arcia also became the first player to record 10 RBIs in his first two Major League games. He is now slashing .221/.247/.477 with six home runs over 89 plate appearances this season and has split the catching duties with fellow rookie Jose Briceno over the last two weeks.
Afterward, manager Mike Scioscia preferred to spotlight Arcia's afternoon rather than focus on the Angels' historic drubbing at the hands of the A's.
"It's a nice little note for Frankie, for sure," Scioscia said. "OK guys, are we good on that note? I think we're good."