Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 2
Wrap: Seattle 7, Oakland 1. A’s 0-2 (5th Place, 2 games back)
The A’s are in fifth place. That hasn’t been said in a while. But following today’s 7-1 loss the A’s find themselves in the new lower cellar of the American League West. Michael Morse was the primary offender in this one taking A’s pitchers deep twice with a decisive three-run home run off of Jarrod Parker in the third to give the M’s a lead they would never relinquish to adding an extra run off of a solo shot off Grant Balfour in the ninth for good measure. The A’s managed a lone run which when the opposition puts up seven does not get you very far.
Nothing much here today either as the A’s now are a combined 6-for-60 on the season. Hot hot hot. The A’s were 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position in this one because they simply couldn’t get guys in scoring position the lone run coming off of a solo Cespedes home run. The A’s have proven far more adept at striking out (17 on the year, nine of them coming in tonight’s contest) and Cespedes when not hitting a home run did nothing but go down on strikes with three K’s on the night. Lowrie and Sogard added hits making Lowrie the only player with a two-game hitting streak on the Athletics.
Parker looked awful. 95 pitches got him through five innings of four earned run baseball, with three walks and a strikeout giving him a pathetic 7.20 ERA to go with a just as bad 6.96 FIP. Blevins got an out via strikeout, the only way he has achieved outs this season, and was the only pitcher along with Neshek to not give up any runs in this game for the A’s. Cook looked certifiably awful and lived up to the concerns of “does he even know where the pitch is going?” walking three in his two-thirds of an inning, with 29 pitches and only 13 of them crossing the plate as strikes. As a team the A’s posted an 8.41 FIP so came up lucky, as they walked eight and struck out just two, not that the hitters gave them a chance.
It is a zero. Seems like pretty much a team effort on this zero but alas it must go to one guy so who shall it be? Ryan Cook. Parker did the A’s no favors, but he kept them in the game, many a team has come back from a 4-1 deficit. After getting Michael Saunders to ground out to start the seventh, Cook issued walks to Kyle Seager (five pitches), Kendrys Morales (four pitches), hit Morse with a pitch before getting Raul Ibanez to pop out in the infield. Just when it looks like he might get out of this unscathed… four pitch walk to Justin Smoak run scores. That’ll earn you a zero.