Game #34: A's lose two players, bullpen blows another lead

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This is all the recap I can muster today, after the A's snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, racked up two more injuries, one probably season-ending, refused to beat Felix Hernandez on an off-day, outhit the Mariners, had yet another bullpen implosion, went extra innings on the front end of a doubleheader and still lost the game.

So I didn't think that it was possible, but we found something that was worse than losing six consecutive games at home, three straight to the Mariners and first game of a doubleheader, and that is losing two players to injury in the opening game. Coco Crisp crashed into the wall and never returned (sprained neck) and Ryan Cook looks for all the world like he's heading for Tommy John.

Our bullpen continues to suck ass, our base-running isn't much better, we failed spectacularly today in key runner-on-third situations, and RISP-y hitting, Daric Barton is still starting major league games; even if the A's could absorb his .145 batting average, they sure can't absorb the clank he made that ultimately led to the losing run today, and basically this was a demoralizing, disheartening loss, and probably the best thing that ever happened was that we have another game now to not dwell on this one.

But if we must dwell, I supposed

That will be starting in a half hour or so. Thank goodness.

Drew Pomeranz vs. Erasmo Ramirez.

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