Marlins beat the A’s 11-6, sweep the two-game series; Fish score runs in six consecutive innings

June 14, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

Miami- The Oakland A’s concluded the six-game road trip by losing to the Miami Marlins 11-6 Wednesday. The A’s finished the trip with just one win and five losses. The A’s have now lost six of the last seven played and are now eleven games under the .500 mark. Their record for the season is 27-38, and they are in last place in the American League West. A’s manager Bob Melvin, and the entire A’s organization are at the point of the season where decisions will have to be made regarding the direction the team has to go. The A’s brought in veterans Rajai Davis, Trevor Plouffe, and Matt Joyce. None of these three players have been very productive. It looks like their playing time will be diminished, and younger players like Chad Pinder and Jaycob Brugman will be taking their places.

The A’s brought up Daniel Gossett from Nashville to make his Major League debut Wednesday. Gossett retired the Marlins in order in the first inning. That was his best inning as he lasted just 3 and 1/3rd innings and was touched for 7 runs, all but one earned, and 6 hits including two home runs. The A’s offense provided Gosset with a 4-0 lead after scoring one in the first and three in the second. Ryon Healy slammed a three-run homer to give the A’s the lead. For Healy, it was his 15th of the year. The Marlins scored two in the second on home runs by Marcell Ozuna and Tyler Moore and two in the third to tie the game.

The A’s regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Jed Lowrie doubled to deep center to drive in Gossett all the way from first base. The lead didn’t last long as the Marlins, helped by an error by Healy, scored three times to take the lead for good. The Marlins scored two more in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh to own an 11-5 advantage. The A’s scored one in the ninth, but it was not enough.

Game Notes- Matt Joyce and Yonder Alonso collided on a ball hit into shallow right field. Joyce had to leave the game with the injury.

The four hitters at the top of the Marlin lineup, Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna knocked in eight of the eleven runs scored by Miami. Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single, and he broke Derek Jeter’s record for most hits in interleague play.

The A’s scored 6 runs on ten hits and one error. The error was the 63rd of the season for Oakland. Miami’s line was eleven runs, 13 hits, and one error, Ryan Healy was the hitting star for Oakland as he was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIS.

The A’s return home to start an eight-game homestand against theNew York Yankees and the Houston Astros. Sonny Gray will go for Oakland Thursday night, and the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to handle the pitching chores.

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

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