Recap: A’s @ Mariners Game 39
Wrap: Seattle 6, Oakland 1. A’s 19-20 (2nd Place, 6 games back)
A’s lose yet again to drop the series in the Pacific Northwest, they are now losers of six of their last seven. It is more of the same with both the hitting and pitching equally taking part in the losing effort. Not really anything positive to note in this game, they barely stay ahead of the M’s in the standings (1/2 game) they fall further behind Texas, fall under .500, no big positive takeaways.
The first six hitters in the starting lineup all had a hit each. Donaldson’s and Montz’ hits were both back-to-back doubles accounting for the only run in the game. The A’s managed to strikeout ten times in this one despite facing Saunders (5.1 K/9 in his career) who was responsible for six of them. Yoervis Medina with 11.2 K/9 in his short career (7.8 K/9 in his MiLB career) and Oliver Perez (9.1 K/9) A’s hitters had more excuses against and Perez in particular was hot striking out the three hitters he faced: Freiman swinging, Moss looking and Taylor swinging. Moss the only lefty of the bunch to face the southpaw Saunders was particularly awful earning a golden sombrero. All in all the A’s were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight baserunners stranded. Speedster Norris stole his third base of the year off of Jesus Montero who is 1-for-17 throwing out runners.
Milone looked awful in this game: five innings, five earned runs, on six hits (one of which was a Kendrys Morales home run), with three walks and four strikeouts. Milone threw 90 pitches only 55 for strikes earning himself an ugly 5.81 FIP with a minuscule 25.0% ground ball percentage. On the season Milone now is a decent for his spot in the rotation 3.71 ERA (which actually is lower than last year still when it was 3.74), 3.62 FIP (well lower than his 3.93 last year) pitcher. His WAR is now at 0.9 WAR, his K/9 a career best 7.9 K/9, a 1.6 BB/9 (also career best) and 1.2 HR/9 (a career worst). Neshek pitched a perfect inning. Blevins was perfect save for a Jason Bay home run – which is far from perfect, while Chavez had an inefficient 21 pitch one walk, one hit, two strikeout inning.
You can’t let five runs in in five innings pitched and win a game – well you can, but not with the way this offense has been playing. That is why Milone is the zero. Awful stuff, awful outing, total zero.