A’s shutout lose their fourth game in a row 7-0 as things start to go south for the team

April 17, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The A’s woes continued Monday night as they welcomed the Texas Rangers to the Oakland Coliseum. Both teams were looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Rangers were the one that did as they beat the A’s 7-0 before a sparse crowd on a cold and rainy evening.

Jharel Cotton started for Oakland and took the loss. Cotton went 5 and 1/3rd innings allowing five runs and five hits. Cotton walked four, and three of them scored. Former Athletic, A.J. Griffin won his second of the young season. Griffin restricted the A’s to just one hit in six innings of work. Griffin struck out eight, one less than his career-high. Griffin last pitched at the Oakland Coliseum on September 18th, 2013. Griffin underwent Tommy John surgery and was released by the A’s after the 2015 season.

The Rangers scored in the top of the first. Cotton gave up singles to Carlos Gomez and Elvis Andrus. Hot-hitting Nomar Mazara doubled to drive in Gomez with the first run of the game. As it turned out, it was the only run the Rangers would need.  The Rangers scored four times in the top of the fifth. Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli each had a double and each drove in two runs to put the game out of reach. The Rangers scored two more in the ninth of A’s reliever Liam Hendriks.

Game notes- The A’s continued to play poorly on defense as they committed another error.  The offense has gone into the deep freeze as the best the A’s could do was two singles and a pinch-hit Ryon Healy double in the ninth, and only one player made it past second base.

The A’s are now 5-8 for the season, and the Rangers improved to 5-8.

The medical report was not good. Kendall Graveman, the A’s number one starter, was placed on the 10-day Disabled List with a shoulder strain. Marcus Semien, who was second on the team last year with 27 homers, will have surgery to repair a broken bone in his right wrist. Semien will be lost for 6 weeks. The A’s recalled infielder Chad Pinder and catcher Bruce Maxwell from Nashville.

Game two of the three-game set will be played Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Andrew Triggs will pitch for Oakland, and the Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish. Game time will be at 7:05 pm.

 

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