The A's outfield produced two runs in tonight's game. Unfortunately, the two runs were credited to the Mariners and not to the Green and Gold, as the A's dropped the series finale to finish this agonizing six game road trip (1-5). The A's leave Seattle with a mark of 17 wins and 23 losses thru the first 40 games of the 2017 season.
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A's Rightfielder, Matt Joyce, one night after being the hero in the A's comeback victory, turned a 1st inning single into a Ben Gamel triple, leading to the Mariners first run. In the bottom of the 5th, Mark Canha dropped a flyball in the leftcenter field gap (where was Khris Davis on this play?!) leading to the Mariner's 4th run. In between the two outfield gaffe's, the Mariners plated two more runs off A's starter, Jesse Hahn on a single by M's shortstop, Jean Segura.
Hahn, who has been given the 3rd worst run support in the American League in his previous 7 starts, didn't get any help in this game either, as Seattle journeyman pitcher, Christian Bergman, equipped only with a high 80's cut fastball and an average change-up, masterfully shut down the A's offense, no-hitting them thru 4 1/3 innings and shutting out the A's thru 7 complete frames, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9.
The A's starting outfield not only struggled defensively, but contributed zero at the plate in this contest. Matt Joyce, Mark Canha and Matt Joyce combined to go 0-9 with 5 strikeouts and the A's failed to get a runner to 2nd base in any inning.
Adding insult to injury or injury to insult: A's 1st basemen and MLB top 10 Homerun leader (?!) , Yonder Alonso left the game in the 7th inning due to what the team is describing as "knee soreness." Alonso completes the six game road trip 2 for 19 at the plate. Here is what A's Insider for NBC Sports, Joe Stilich quoted BoMel as saying about Alonso's injury tonight:
Melvin says Alonso got left leg stuck in ground on a swing, then felt it on defense. He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichNBCS) May 18, 2017
Hahn Solo: As mentioned, Jesse Hahn has been the victim of little to no run support in his 8 starts. He pitched well thru the first 4 frames tonight. His fastball was alive (93-95 mph) and was moving all over the place. This movement was both a blessing and a bummer for Hahn, as his pitch count going into the bottom of the 5th was higher than he or the A's would like. The high pitch count seemed to take a toll on Hahn in the 5th inning as he seemed to lose his arm slot, walking the lead-off hitter, former A's farmhand, Boog Powell, then allowing a single to Guillermo Heredia, followed by a sacrifice to light-hitting catcher, Tuffy Gosewisch and then a two run single to Mariners lead-off hitter, Jean Segura. Overall, Hahn's pitching line doesn't look pretty (5 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 2 walks, 6 K's). But he has been pitching well over the last seveal weeks and deserves better.
Three Positives in an otherwise negative night:
#1 - A's 3B, Trevor Plouffe. Plouffe had a solid road trip, both defensively and at the plate. Tonight, he broke up the no-hitter in the 5th and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. He also continues to display great footwork defensively at 3B, something he was often criticized for in his Minnesota days.
#2 - Rookie reliever, Bobby Wahl. Wahl was also a brightspot in tonight's ballgame. The ball was absoutely jumping out of his hand (95-97 mph, with great movement) and he is looking more and more like a pitcher who can contribute to the team this season. I predict that after tonight, he will move up the food chain in the bullpen, from his current long relief role when the A's are losing, to potentially replacing Ryan Dull as a 6th/7th inning set-up man.
#3 - Home sweet home. The A's return home tomorrow night for 4 games with Boston and 2 mid-week games with Miami. The Colisuem should see a good turnout for the Red Sox series, there are some cool promotions over the homestand and walk-off pie's are always a possibility!
Holy Toledo, A's Nation, let's wake up for this weekend's matchup, show up in force on the Gamethread and rally this team to
a sweep at least a split?!!
See you tomorrow night at 7:05pm, Sonny Gray vs. some guy named Hector Valazquez!