Oakland Athletics third baseman Jonah Bride knocked his first hit in Major League Baseball on Wednesday night. Two innings later, he picked up his second.
Playing in the second game of his MLB career, Bride went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in Oakland’s loss to Boston in the second game of the series. It was also Bride’s second career game at the highest level of pro ball. He went 0-for-3 hitting three ground balls in his MLB debut.
After grounding out in his first at-bat of the night on Wednesday against Red Sox right-hander Josh Winckowsi, Bride got a hit in his second trip to the plate. He shot a 2-2 fastball through the right side and the ball was fielded by former Gamecocks outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in right field. Bradley Jr. tossed the ball to the Oakland dugout to be sure Bride had the ball of his first career hit.
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In the top of the seventh inning, Bride, facing relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura, turned on a 97 mph fastball and laced a single over the third baseman and into left field. Bride had two of the team’s seven hits on Wednesday night.
Bride started the year in Double A and in 19 games, he hit .315 with nine doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs, which earned him a quick call up to Triple A.
In 14 games in Las Vegas, the right-handed hitter has five doubles, one home run and seven RBIs. He also has eight walks against nine strikeouts for an average of .392 and .500 on-base percentage.
Now, Bride got the call on Sunday night that he’s headed to The Show. He will be the seventh Gamecock currently in the MLB, but it is expected that infielder Max Schrock will be back after his rehab assignment this weekend with the Cincinnati Reds, which will mean eight former players in the pros.
During his time with the Gamecocks, Bride was a career .289 hitter starting and playing in 186 games. He had 36 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs over the course of his career with 79 walks, was hit by 43 pitches and had 104 strikeouts. He had a .957 fielding percentage at third base, including a .969 percentage as a senior.