His home run, though, didn't set up an Oakland win. The Athletics took the 12-11 loss, a game in which Armas earlier doubled and scored.
That game provided two firsts for Armas. He got his first major league hit and run scored earlier in the game, his second game in the majors. He then hit his first home run.
Armas ended up getting few other hits and that home run proved his only one in the bigs. He got into 15 games that year for Oakland, marking the extent of his major league career.
Armas' career began in 1987, signed by the Athletics as a free agent out of his native Venezuela. He is the brother of Tony Armas and uncle of Tony Armas, Jr.
Armas started with the Athletics in 1988 in the rookie Arizona League. He moved to short-season Southern Oregon for 1989. He hit .316 there in 36 games.
He made single-A Madison in 1990, then split 1991 between high-A Modesto and AA Huntsville. He hit .243 between them.
Armas then returned to Huntsville for 1992. He hit a two-run home run in a May game, helping Huntsville to a win.
He made AAA Tacoma in 1993. He also made Oakland. That spring, McClatchy News Service noted the Athletics were high on Armas. He also went 3 for 3 in a spring game. He got 15 games with the Athletics. He picked up six hits in 31 at bats.
Going into 1994, Armas had trouble getting into camp from Venezuela. When he did arrive, the Athletics assigned him to Tacoma. He played out the year there and didn't return for 1995. He's last credited as playing in Mexico in 1996.
- Kingman Daily Minor, wire story, May 27, 1993: Twins, A's put in a day's worth in one game
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