Alonso lets bat do talking in two-homer game

A's first baseman has already exceeded last season's long ball total

Alonso lets bat do talking in two-homer game

OAKLAND -- Yonder Alonso didn't have much to say about his two-homer performance in the A's 6-5 walk-off victory over the Tigers on Saturday evening. He simply wants to let his bat keep doing the talking.

Though his teammates chimed in, too.

"He's unbelievable," A's starter Jesse Hahn said. "He's one of the hottest bats in baseball right now, in my opinion. He needs to stay right there, because he's doing a lot of big things for us."

Alonso's pair of homers off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann -- a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth -- gave him seven in his last 16 games, and eight overall. The first baseman had seven all of last year, and he's never totaled more than nine in any of his previous seven seasons.

"We've seen it consistently," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's just staying with a routine, he's confident in his routine, a hard-working guy. He's synced his lower half with his upper half now, and you're seeing the fruits of really hard work and, certainly, talent. He's a strong kid, and the power's really coming out."

Melvin's impressions of walk off

Alonso, who also has a team-leading 22 RBIs, lays out his approach in straightforward terms: "Just simple things, making sure I get a good pitch. That's all."

It's resulted in a .314 batting average, while many other A's have struggled to even reach the Mendoza Line during a mostly dismal stretch that was interrupted by Saturday's dramatics.

"Just continue to work, continue to stay focused," said Alonso, who has no interest in dissecting his personal numbers. "Just help my team any way I can.

"Just glad we got the win. That's really all that matters. It wouldn't have meant anything if we would have lost, so for me I'm just happy we got the win."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.