Second Base - Oakland Athletics
Date of Birth: March 29, 1992 (28 years old)
Athletics' Chad Pinder: Blasts three-run homer
Pinder went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, a double and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.Pinder resurrected the season with a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Josh James. The 28-year-old managed to lift a hanging curveball over the right field fence to keep the season alive and tie the game up at 7-7. The right-handed hitter slashed .232/.295/.393 and only hit two homers during the regular season, but he couldn't have chosen a better time to find his power.
Athletics' Chad Pinder: Battles through hamstring issue
Pinder, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in Thursday's 6-4 win over the White Sox, is still dealing with the hamstring issue that sidelined him through September 26, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.Despite still not feeling 100 percent after straining his hamstring on Sept. 12, Pinder came through with one of the biggest hits in recent memory for the A's when he laced a two-out, two-run single to give the A's a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning. The knock would ultimately be the difference in the game as Oakland held on to win its first playoff series since 2006. Though the hamstring is still hampering the utility man, Pinder is expected to continue to battle through the issue during next week's AL Division Series against the Astros.
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