Langeliers' historic three-homer game gives A's victory over the Rangers


Langeliers' historic three-homer game fueled A's win over Rangers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Shea Langeliers had an unforgettable day in Arlington, Texas.

The Athletics catcher delivered a three-homer masterpiece in the A's 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field.

Langeliers, who became Oakland's second starting catcher ever to hit three home runs in a game, drove in all four A's runs, the perfect end to his first night in his home state.

“I don't know,” Langeliers told NBC Sports California's Dallas Braden and Jenny Cavnar on “A's Postgame Live.” “I just fall asleep in my own bed and make myself some home cooking.

“You know, it’s just always fun to come back to Texas to play ball.”

The 26-year-old catcher, who entered the game with 29 big league home runs, was electric, shooting all three of his fingers in the air at crucial moments in the game.

In the second inning, a 404-foot shot from Langeliers from left field tied the game for the A's. The catcher's second solo shot traveled 427 feet and cleared the centerfield fence.

And in true career night fashion, Langliers saved his best for last, driving a two-run drive in the ninth inning.

Langeliers single-handedly helped the A's extend their winning streak to three games – and earned recognition from manager Mark Kotsay, who sees the catcher's hard work paying off.

“He saw the ball really well tonight,” Kotsay told reporters. “For him to have three home runs, [it’s] really a great feeling. Obviously the last one that brought us to the top when we needed it most. This young man had a year last season where he worked really hard [on] the defense, but also finished his offense pretty well in September.

“And the fact that he’s starting April like this is a really good sign.”

Like Langeliers, the A's, now 4-7, are making significant progress this season despite predictions for a losing season.

Last season, the A's reached the four-win mark after losing 16 games, which ended up being a franchise-worst record of last season at 50-112.

Langeliers' stay in Texas is just beginning and the A's are certainly hoping his homecoming mojo continues.