By Kahlil Najar
OAKLAND – Billy Burns, Mark Canha, Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia went a combined 8 for 18 and were responsible for six RBI tonight but that offensive barrage wasn’t enough to beat Seattle as the A’s fell to Mariners 11-8. Aaron Brooks suffered his second loss of the year as he only lasted for 2 1/3 innings after giving up six runs on six hits and walking two.
“(It was a) Bad night to have a bad night, with what the offense did,” said Brooks on his performance tonight. “I feel like I took the whole loss for us tonight.”
“You score that many runs, you expect to win the game, ”said head coach Bob Melvin.
One bright spot is that the legend of Danny Valencia continued tonight as he launched a grand slam into right center field in the first inning. It was his third grand slam of his career and his eighth homer of the year with Oakland ever since coming over from Toronto.
Valencia now has a nine-game hitting streak (15-for-36, .417) and recorded his 22nd multiple hit game of the year and his ninth since joining the A’s.
Even with this hot streak he’s not concentrating on how well he’s doing but on how the team and players are feeling.
“At this point in the season, there are some guys trying to open eyes for next year. Lots of jobs can open up. We’re playing for pride. Nobody wants to lose,” said Valencia.
Oakland started off strong with the four run first courtesy of the Valencia grand slam but then gave up 9 runs in the next three innings to make it an uphill battle. In the top of the third alone the Oakland pitching staff gave up four doubles and two singles to Seattle batters which led to six runs. It was a horrid night for the Oakland pitching staff.
The only highlights of the night were hitless innings courtesy of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Dull.
The A’s have now lost three straight and six of the last nine games and fell to 12-26 when the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher. For the season Oakland is 4-10 against the Mariners and have lost the season series with Seattle for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last five years.
Oakland hopes to bounce back tomorrow when Jesse Chavez (7-13, 3.93) goes up against King Felix Hernandez (15-8, 3.66). Game time is 6:05pm PST.