A’s road trip continues to be painful; Marlins bomb Cotton in fifth for 8-1 loss

June 13, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jharel Cotton walks to the dugout after pitching during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Miami. Cotton gave up a solo home run to Miami Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna in the inning. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Miami- The Oakland Athletics continue to play poorly on the road as they lost for the fifth time in the last six games. The Miami Marlins pounded them 8-1 to win the first game of the short two-game series. The A’s road record this year is a woeful 9-24, and they fell ten games under the .500 mark with an overall record of 27-37 which is the worst in the American League. They play the Marlins again on Wednesday at 9:10 am.

Jharel Cotton was the starting pitcher for Oakland. He pitched well for four innings, but the roof caved in on him in the fifth. Cotton, who pitched well in September last year, has not been the same pitcher this season. Cotton has great stuff, but his command is just not there. He continues to leave his pitches in the middle of the plate, and the hitters are not missing. As a result, Cotton has lost four of his last five starts and his record for the tear in 3-7.

The A’s hitters were mesmerized by the Marlins’ starter Jose Urena. Urena went six innings and allowed just three hits and one run. The A’s scored their lone run of the game in the second inning. With Cotton at the plate, Urena committed a balk to force in the run. Urena retired the next fourteen hitters in a row before exiting the game after the sixth inning.

The A’s lead didn’t last long as the Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna took Cotton deep to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Cotton appeared to be doing okay, but the Marlins were able to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth. The big blow was a moonshot off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton had just returned to the lineup after suffering a sore wrist. Cotton’s night was over, and he left the game having given up 5 runs on 8 hits in just five innings of work.

The Marlins scored three runs on one hit in the seventh to ice the game. Three Miami relievers kept the A’s hitless and they won the game 8-1.

Game Notes- The Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning. It was his 364th interleague hit tying him with Derek Jeter’s Major League record.

The A’s top three hitters were 0-for-12 Tuesday night. Can’t score runs if you don’t get on base.

The A’s conclude the series with Miami Wednesday. Game time is at 9:10 am. Righty Daniel Gossett will make his Major League Debut for Oakland, and he will be opposed by Edinson Volquez.

Time of the game was two hours and fifty-seven minutes and 19,952 watched the Marlins win.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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