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Rookie Luis Barrera hits walk-off homer, first career blast lifts A’s to amazing comeback gain

Luis Barrera almost certainly shouldn’t have been in the batter’s box in the ninth inning on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Angels closer Raisel Iglesias necessary just 8 pitches to retire Seth Brown and Sean Murphy, recording two rapid outs towards a pair of A’s energy threats. But with his workforce trailing 3-1, Barrera took his initially at-bat of the sport anyway as Ramón Laureano’s double and Christian Bethancourt’s stroll brought the successful operate to the plate.

The 1-1 slider Iglesias threw Barrera wasn’t automatically a strike, but it didn’t will need to be. The still left-handed hitting outfielder turned on the pitch and blasted it into the right field bleachers for a wander-off, three-run dwelling run in a thrilling 4-3 comeback acquire for the A’s.

“Really, proper now I have no terms,” Barrera reported by way of a Spanish-language interpreter. “I have very little to say suitable now. So considerably emotion going appropriate now. I’m just actually happy to be element of the ball club, part of the group.”

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