The A's did unspeakably awful things to the Royals today. The team:
Scored 17 runs.
Put runs on the board in six of the nine innings.
Scored multiple runs in four of those innings.
Had 18 hits and seven walks.
Smashed six homers and three doubles.
Allowed just four hits to the Royals, none after the sixth inning.
The individual offensive player achievements in the game, from most awesome to least awesome:
Dan Johnson went 4-4 with two homers, a double, a single, and walked twice. They never got him out. He had four RBI and four runs scored. And he was the front half of a back-to-back homer series with Jack Cust in the seventh.
Jack Cust hit two bombs despite having only four major league at-bats in the last three years.
Danny Putnam came on for an injured Chris Snelling and went 3-4 with two singles and his first big league homer.
Eric Chavez popped his fourth homer of the year, a three-run shot.
Shannon Stewart went 4-6 as the leadoff man, raising his batting average 20 points in the process. (Putnam's jump was even more dramatic - the kid's hitting over .200 now!)
Todd Walker went 2-3 after coming in for Nick Swisher in the fifth inning.
Mark Ellis scored two runs despite going 0-4 (he had two walks).
Marco Scutaro hit his first double of the year.
Travis Buck scored a run as a pinch-runner. He also played defense.
Nick Swisher walked again.
Adam Melhuse went 0-6. (He's making it really hard for us Kendall-haters to advocate for a change - when he's the alternative, it's tough to make too much noise.)