Oakland drops second straight game to Toronto 10-8

The Toronto Blue Jays Breyvic Valera prepares to round the bases after sitting on a pitch that he hit for his first home run of the season against the Oakland A’s at Rogers Centre in Toronto (Canadian Press News photo)

Oakland Drops Second Straight Game To Toronto 10-8

By Barbara Mason

After the devastating loss on Friday night to the Blue Jays, the Oakland A’s need to get back on track starting with Saturday’s game. The Oakland offense could not have been any better. They were right on point and coupled with a great showing by pitcher Sean Manea this game should have been one more in the win column.

The offense was brilliant the entire game with the exception of some very poor relief pitching. It is hard to reckon how a team leads 8-2 going into the eighth inning and loses. Lou Trivino gave up a grand slam in the eighth and Sergio Romo allowed three runs in the ninth with the A’s leading 10-8 at the time. It was a walk-off for former A Marcus Semien 11-10 the final.

Paul Blackburn started for the A’s and Jose Berrios was on the mound for Toronto in Game Two Saturday.

The Blue Jays had home runs in the second, third and fourth innings leading by the score of 4-0 in a great start for Toronto. Gurriel J. led off the barrage of long balls followed by Jansen and Valera.

In the fifth inning Matt Chapman hit a solo home run getting Oakland on the board fo the first time in the game. In the seventh inning Oakland showed some signs of turning this game around with a single from Mark Canha and another by Chad Pinder. The A’s were within a run of the Blue Jays 4-3.

Toronto knocked another home run out of the park in the seventh inning with two on base and the lead was now 7-3 making things awfully tough for the A’s. Hernandez hit the fourth home run of the day for the Blue Jays.

Toronto scored three runs in the eighth inning for a 10-3 lead. Oakland made a valiant effort in the ninth inning scoring five times but it was too little too late. Chapman and Murphy both had home runs in that inning with runners on base. The final score was 10-8 in favor of the Blue Jays who have now won the series.

In this series Oakland had the opportunity to close the door on Toronto but they just could not get it done. Again the loss lies squarely on the shoulders of the starter and the bullpen.

Game three of this series will be Sunday morning with first pitch at 10:07 AM PDT. The A’s will head home and be off tomorrow on Monday. They will be back on the field Tuesday to face another major challenge against the AL Central leading White Sox.

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