Semien burns old team, stuns A’s with exit circuit originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Former athletics shortstop Marcus Semien dined with current Oakland players Tony Kemp and Khris Davis on Thursday night in Toronto.
One night later, Semien broke their hearts with a three-run homerun to cap a wild game that saw the Blue Jays rally with two separate multi-point deficits to knock out the A’s 11-10 on Friday night at Rogers Center.
Semien’s 34th homeroom of the season was the ultimate revenge against the team he spent the previous six seasons with.
The As have decided not to re-sign the Bay Area native Semien over the winter, and after signing a one-year deal with the Blue Jays he’s having an incredible season in Toronto.
On top of all home runs, Semien now has 81 RBIs this season, gearing up for a big payday this offseason.
The As took an 8-2 lead late in the eighth inning, but Lou Trivino and Yusmeiro Petit combined to give up six runs, including a tying grand slam against Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Mark Canha gave the As a 10-8 lead with a two-run homerun early in the ninth, and manager Bob Melvin turned to Sergio Romo to try to close the game.
Instead, Romo never recorded a release. He yielded a single to Breyvic Valera and a double to George Springer, which allowed Semien to burn his old team.
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Cal’s alum did just that, sending a 370-foot homerun through the left-field seats.
The Semien circuit left Kemp in disbelief.
The A’s have had some tough losses in recent weeks, but this one will sting even more depending on who inflicted the pain.