Oakland Athletics prospect Michael Choice had a solid Major League Debut as the designated hitter.
In his first at-bat leading off the third inning he took the first three pitches from Derek Holland all three were outside of the strike zone, the fourth did find the strike zone, he then fouled off pitch no.5 and walked on no.6. The A’s weren’t able to capitalize on the lead off walk as he got stranded at first.
Choice wasted no time in his second at-bat by going after the first pitch, which looked like a ground out to Texas Rangers third basemen Adrian Beltre, yet his throw went wide of first basemen Mitch Moreland resulting in an error. Coco Crisp who tied his career high of 16 home runs this season set a new one with a two-run shot that glanced off the left field foul pole to give the A’s a 4-2 lead. The umpires did go to review at the request of manager Ron Washington and the home run call got confirmed.
At-bat no.3 for him was hit last, it came with Kurt Suzuki on first and against reliever Nick Tepesch and Choice quickly fell behind 0-2 and wound up flying out to right field. Overall his line for the day 0-2, with a walk, reached on an error and a run scored. The A’s won 4-2 and are now tied with the Rangers for first place in the American League West.