Semien went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a single and a walk during Wednesday's win over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Semien launched his solo blast in the fifth inning off Jose Urquidy, playing a role in keeping the Athletics' season alive. Semien's slashed a pedestrian .223/.305/.374 during the regular season, but he's come alive in the playoffs with a .391 average (9-for-23) with a double, two homers, three RBI, three walks and five runs across six contests.
Semien is not starting the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Seattle. The Athletics have clinched the division, so there's no need for them to ask their star hitters to play twice in one day. Nate Orf will take over at shortstop in his absence.
Semien went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and four RBI during a 6-5 loss to the Mariners in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. His three-run shot off Marco Gonzales in the fourth inning gave the A's a 5-0 lead, but Jesus Luzardo and Joakim Soria combined to squander it. Semien is hitting .318 (7-for-22) over his last six games including the nightcap, but on the year he still carries a sluggish .227/.300/.395 slash line with seven homers, four steals, 21 RBI and 24 runs through 42 contests.
Semien went 2-for-8 with with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored across both games of a doubleheader against the Rangers on Saturday. Semien went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opening game, but he rebounded in the second contest, slugging a three-run home run for his sixth long ball of the season. Entering the game, Semien had gone just 2-for-15 in four games since returning from a side injury, so it's possible this performance will get him back on track at the plate. Overall, Semien is hitting .221/.286/.374 across 178 plate appearances.
Semien is 0-for-8 with one walk and three strikeouts in his first two games back since missing four contests with a side injury. That tally includes a particularly rough day in Wednesday's win against the Astros, a game in which Semien struck out thrice in five plate appearances. The veteran shortstop was showing some signs of life at the plate prior to his injury, going 7-for-13 with a double, a home run and two RBI in three of the last four games he played before being sidelined.