Yes, he Can-ha: Rookie has monster night vs. Dodgers
By Trevor Hass
OAKLAND -- Not only did Mark Canha have a career-high four hits in the A's 5-4 walk-off win over the Dodgers on Tuesday, but he scored three runs including the game winner in the 10th.
"It's definitely the most memorable game we've played, for me," Canha said. "It's just been like kind of an emotional roller coaster ride this year, so to get a win like that in front of a big crowd made it really cool."
Canha finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. His leadoff double in the 10th set the stage for Billy Butler's heroics.
After his monster night, Canha is now 12 for his last 30 for a .400 batting average during that time.
The A's entered the game fresh off a brutal 0-7 road trip in Toronto and Baltimore, and they were up against one of the game's best in Clayton Kershaw. Their flight got in at 2:30 a.m., and they had to arrive at the Coliseum by 4:30 p.m.
The odds were against them before the game, and they were even more so in the Dodgers' favor after A.J. Ellis' three-run homer in the eighth gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.
But as they've done many times this season, the A's stormed back. They scored three runs in the eighth and sent the game to extras, only this time they finished what they started with Canha as the catalyst.
"A lot of the issues we've been having, whether it's one-run games, extra-inning games, we've had a losing streak for us, so there are a lot of added tensions going on when that game was looking the way it did for a little while," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "To have that spirited a comeback and get big hit after big hit was awfully fulfilling."
"Those are fun, especially the way we've been struggling," Butler said. "Come back from three down, pick our teammates up offensively late in the game, that's a big win for us, for us to get off the schnied."
Butler said he was just trying to get Canha over to third like he did in the eighth, but this time he sent a flare to right.
Canha's not sure whether he'll remember his two hits off Kershaw or four hits overall more. Melvin says the Kershaw feat is more impressive, and he expects Canha will have quite a few four-hit games throughout his career.
Either way, the A's needed a spark to avoid losing their eighth straight, and they got one from Canha.
"I'll probably remember the whole thing in its entirety," Canha said. "Probably one of my better games this year. It was awesome."
Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.