Rays: 4 Athletics: 1
The A’s have lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 30th. The A’s are coming off a great July, going 19-5 on the month, which set a franchise record for the month, so is losing the first game in August mean it’s time to panic?
I’d say “yes” and “no”. Okay, maybe not “panic”, but it’s a bit concerning. The A’s looked absolutely terrible at the plate in this series, they scored only 5 runs over the 3 games, struck out 39 times total and in the last 2 games only combined for 8 hits and 1 run. It was ugly, to say the least, and looked a lot like the A’s from earlier in the season.
On the other hand, the A’s have not had a day off since they began their 6-game east coast road trip and the first game in this series was 15 innings long. It’s a silly excuse, but may also be a legitimate reason why the A’s looked so defeated over the past couple of games. Most importantly, it’s only 2 games. There are 7 more games in this homestand, and I think those 7 games will determine whether or not the July A’s are the real thing or not.
Lines of the Day:
- Brandon Inge: 4 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI. Brandon Inge is responsible for the only run scored for the A’s over the past 18 innings, he also holds a season high 11-game hitting streak.
- Yoenis Cespedes: 4 AB, 2 H. Cespedes was the only player to collect 2 hits today, he was 5-14 in the series.
- Josh Reddick went 0-4 today and is now hitless in his last 21 at-bats with 8 strikeouts.
- Jarrod Parker was okay today, lasting 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, walking 3 and striking out 2.
- Jordan Norberto pitched 2 innings of relief today, he allowed 1 hit (a solo home run to Carlos Pena) and struck out 1.
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