OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Oakland Athletics' Elvis Andrus (17) and Tony Kemp (5) celebrate with teammate Luis Barrera (13) after hitting the game winning walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning of their MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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

Angels closer Raisel Iglesias needed just eight pitches to retire Seth Brown and Sean Murphy, recording two quick outs against a pair of A’s power threats. But with his team trailing 3-1, Barrera took his first at-bat of the game anyway as Ramón Laureano’s double and Christian Bethancourt’s walk brought the winning run to the plate.

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

“Really, right now I have no words,” Barrera said through a Spanish-language interpreter. “I have nothing to say right now. So much emotion going right now. I’m just really happy to be part of the ball club, part of the team.”

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