Meng­den flum­moxes Philadel­phia in 2-hit­ter

San Francisco Chronicle - - BASEBALL - Rob Maaddi Rob Maaddi is an Associated Press writer.

PHILADEL­PHIA — Old­school Daniel Meng­den pitched like an old-time ace.

Meng­den was dom­i­nant in a two-hit­ter, Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit two-run homers and the A’s beat the Philadel­phia Phillies 4-0 on Fri­day night.

“It felt great,” Meng­den said. “We dream about do­ing it since we’re lit­tle and com­ing all the way up and do­ing it is a great feel­ing.”

Meng­den (1-1) struck out seven and walked none to record his first ca­reer shutout in his 18th start. J.P Craw­ford had both hits off Meng­den.

Us­ing a herky-jerky de­liv­ery and wear­ing a han­dle­bar mus­tache, Meng­den kept the Phillies off-bal­ance with a heavy dose of off­speed pitches and low-90s fast­balls. He en­tered the game with a 2-10 record and 6.59 ca­reer ERA. It was the first com­plete game by the A’s this sea­son.

“Meng­den re­ally stymied us,” Phillies man­ager Pete Mack­anin said. “He pitched back­ward, threw as many off­speed pitches as fast­balls. Give him credit. Glad I didn’t give Craw­ford the night off.”

The 24-year-old righty cooled down Rhys Hoskins and a hot-hit­ting lineup that had just scored 27 runs in a three-game sweep over Mi­ami. Hoskins, who hit 18 homers in his first 34 games, was 0-for-3 with two strike­outs. “He threw a lot of strikes, got ahead and as the game went on, you could see his con­fi­dence grow and grow,” A’s man­ager Bob Melvin said. “When he’s got ev­ery­thing work­ing, there’s a gap be­tween his off-speed stuff and his heater and it’s tough to think along with him.”

Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) al­lowed four runs and seven hits, strik­ing out nine in six in­nings.

“I thought the two homers put us in a tough hole early on. That was dis­ap­point­ing,” Leiter said. “Af­ter that, I tried to keep us in it.”

Olson hit a shot four rows shy of the third deck in right­cen­ter in the first in­ning, giv­ing the A’s a 2-0 lead on his 19th homer. The blast was es­ti­mated at 483 feet.

Joyce drove his 24th homer out to right-cen­ter in the se­cond for a 4-0 lead.

Meng­den also got his first ca­reer hi , a sin­gle off Craw­ford’s glove in the short­stop hole be­fore Joyce con­nected.

“I love hit­ting,” Meng­den said. “Just try to get a good pitch to hit, close my eyes and swing and see what hap­pens.”

Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Daniel Meng­den struck out seven and walked none.

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