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Game #19: A's Lose to Seattle 11-1

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Athletics lose big.

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Being served meals on airplanes. The California Golden Seals. Mad Men. The entire decade known as the 1990s. Alas, all good things must come to an end. And so it was with the A's five-game win streak on Sunday afternoon.

Oakland starting pitcher Andrew Triggs had the game's opening batter, Jarrod Dyson, down in a 1-2 count. Unfortunately, this was the high-water mark for the A's. Triggs plunked Dyson with the next pitch. Dyson immediately stole second and came around to score on a Robison Cano single.

The second inning was better, and Triggs looked like he had settled in. But he loaded the bases in the third inning and gave the Mariners their second run, walking the struggling Mike Zunino. It looked like he was about to work himself out of the jam after striking out Dan Vogelbach for the second out, but then Seattle's fill-in shortstop Taylor Motter hit a grand slam on a fastball that missed its spot by about a foot.

Motter's homerun blew the game open, and the A's never recovered. Triggs continued to battle, but was clearly fighting his command all day, and was pulled after 4 and 2/3rds innings. Daniel Coulombe came in to stop the bleeding and pitched 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings.

Things didn't go so well for Raul Alcantara. He pitched three innings, walking two, giving up six hits, and five earned runs, including a three-run missile to Nelson Cruz. Cruz's homer marked Alcantara's third allowed in just seven innings pitched in 2017.

Yovani Gallardo was quite good, pitching 6 and 1/3 innings en route to his first career win against Oakland. He kept the A's patchwork lineup off balance, changing speeds and working both sides of the plate. The A's did spoil his shutout though, so that's something.

Other positives? Matt Olson made a really nice sliding catch in right! And to Alcantara's credit, it seems like Bob Melvin told him he was going to get nine outs come hell or high water and Raul grinded his way through what had to be a pretty miserable experience. I suppose the biggest positive is this game is over and the A's are still over .500.

It's a real shame it had to be little league day at the Coliseum; the A's performance will probably spawn a generation of Giants fans. Off day tomorrow - the Green and Gold begin a three-game series in Anaheim on Tuesday night. Lame as off-days may be, the A's weary bullpen will be glad for the break. Here's to a successful road trip!