By Kahlil Najar
In the first meeting in Oakland this year, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-2. The Royals were powered by a pair home runs from Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon.
Coming into the game Oaklands starting pitchers had been been credited with the win for the A’s last five games which was the first time that had happened since 2013. Unfortunately Jesse Hahn (5-6) had a mediocre night as he went six innings and gave up 5 runs although three were unearned. Offensively the A’s 1 through 4 hitters went 1 for 14 and the A’s were only able to get four hits for the whole game.
Kansas City got on the board first when in the top of the second on a 1-0 pitch Kendrys Morales hit his ninth homer of the year to put the Royals up 1-0.
Then to start the third Hahn gave up three singles to the Royals which included a single by Lorenzo Cain who was able to score Alex Rios who singled early in the inning and make it a 2-0 game.
Then the error bug came out again for Oakland.
As Hahn was pitching to Eric Hosmer, he threw a ball that snuck pass Vogt and bounced against the back stop and allowed Escobar and Cain to advance to second and third.
Then on an off-speed hit by Hosmer to first base, Ike Davis charged the ball then tried to flip the ball to Hahn who was trying to cover first but the ball ended up being thrown into the ground and allowed Escobar and Cain to score to give the Royals a 4-0 lead.
Davis’ error was the A’s 73 error of the year. A category that the A’s still lead the league.
The A’s were able to get one run in the bottom of the third when Sam Fuld hit his 10th double of the year and scored Marcus Semien who had landed at first earlier.
In the top of the sixth Alex Gordon hit a monster shot to right center field that gave the Royals a 5-1 lead.
The hated Kelvin Herrera came out in the bottom of the eighth to a shower of boo’s from A’s fans who are still sour from when Herrera threw at Brett Lawrie earlier in the year in Kansas City. If you remember, Herrera was suspended for five games when after he threw a 99 mph fastball behind Lawrie and then pointed to his head as if to warn the A’s of what would happen next.
Herrera had the last laugh as he was able to get the A’s down in order with a strike out, ground out and fly out.
In the bottom the ninth inning Stephen Vogt was hit in the elbow by closer Franklin Morales and was awarded first base. It looked like Vogt wouldn’t be able to make it so Melvin substituted Josh Phegley in to pinch run for Bogt. Zobrist then hit his 13th double of the year and brought Phegley in to bring the game to only a three run lead. Josh Reddick came up and hit a deep line shot to left field that was tracked down by Gordon to leave the A’s with one out left in the game. Billy Butler then struck out to end the game and make it a 5-2 victory for Kansas City.
The A’s are now tied for last place in the AL West with the Seattle Mariners.
The A’s head back at it tomorrow when they send Scott Kazmir (4-4, 2.70) against the Royals Chris Young (6-3, 2.83). Game time 1:05 pm.