It must be said that I'm already pre-disposed to be severely stabby tonight, so this recap must be read and understood through that veil. With that disclaimer in place, I can confidently say that this team is just unwatchable. If you caught any of tonight's game, I daresay you'd agree with me.
Nearly every time Sonny Gray takes the mound--and he's MLB's current ERA leader, I'd like to add--I feel bad for him. He deserves important games. He deserves playoff games. He deserves to not lose a game 1-0 or 2-1 because the A's quite literally can't do anything right. That goes for the other pitchers, as well.
You know what the big fight in the game threads was about tonight? Whether or not Eric Sogard should have scored what would have been the tying run from third on a shallow-medium fly ball to an outfielder with a great arm. Would he probably have been thrown out? Yes. Should the A's have sent him anyway? Hell yes. It's a bad sign when the A's have a better chance outrunning a throw than they do getting a hit, but it's the truth. Nico said it best: The A's had about six real chances to score tonight and it's not any kind of bad luck that their six worst at-bats came in those situations. They started the current best pitcher in MLB, who allowed just two runs, and they still managed to take home a horrible loss. That's pretty impressive.
As predicted, the Houston Astros have started their slide, and have lost six in a row. Which would be noteworthy if the A's aren't losing every game, but, you know, they are.
Snaps to Sonny Gray for another quality start, for Phegley in the ninth, catching a foul bunt, and it's always nice to see Venditte with a clean inning (all right-handed), but the rest of this game was a painful as it sounds. The A's left a runner on third with fewer than two outs in the fourth, left the bases loaded in the fifth, a runner at third with fewer than two outs in the seventh, which was particularly painful because the best pitch of the subsequent at-bat, with the tying runs at second and third was the 3-0, which of course, was taken, leading to Phegley striking out so Reddick didn't have to. The A's scratched out a run in the eighth on a Zobrist double and a Vogt single, but Billy Butler erased that rally with his patented double-play swing, and the A's barely teAsed in the ninth.
I don't really have anything else to say. We do it again tomorrow.