ST. PETERSBURG -- Yonder Alonso didn't have a chance to reflect on his seven-hit outburst following the Athletics' doubleheader on Saturday against the Rays -- he was already busy looking forward to the next game.
"It's cool," he deadpanned, "but I've got to worry about tomorrow. That's all that's in my head right now."
It wasn't just cool, it was historic.
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After collecting three hits -- including a pair of doubles -- and driving in a run during Oakland's 6-5, 10-inning defeat in Game 1 of the single-admission twin bill at Tropicana Field, Alonso stayed hot in helping Oakland to a 7-2 victory in the nightcap. He hammered out four more hits in five plate appearances and added another RBI and a run scored to join Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson and Josh Reddick as the only three players in club history with three or more hits in both games of a doubleheader.
Alonso batted .700 for the day to push his average from .289 to .314 over a span of seven hours.
"That's a lot of hits. It's a month's worth of hits for some people," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The guy can hit. He's got power and he also hits for average. He knows what he's doing up there, and this is really kind of a breakout year for him that he's sustaining -- not just on the power end of it, all the way around."
The performance was yet another chapter in what has been a resurgent campaign for the 30-year-old veteran. In 53 games, Alonso has already set a career-high in home runs with 16. He also has not shown signs of slowing down, hitting .408 with six doubles, three homers and six RBIs since May 28.
Still, Alonso did not want all the credit for the way Oakland's offense combined for 32 hits on the day. Even if he played arguably one of the biggest roles in getting there.
"It's really not about me, man," Alonso said. "I think, in general, both games, our offense was really good. Our offense was very productive. We had really good at-bats. We made all the pitchers work.
"For me, it's just the very small thing of what the offense was bringing today."