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Elephant Rumblings: A’s drop third straight

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The Oakland Athletics dropped their third straight game Friday night with a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. As lopsided as that score might look, the A’s had plenty of chances in what has become a familiar refrain during their three-game skid. Oakland was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position Friday night and are just 4-for-29 over the last three games, all losses.

JP Sears logged a career-best seven innings in the loss but allowed three home runs, including one to Kyle Schwarber on the first pitch of the game. Sears has allowed 17 home runs in 76 1/3 innings which is the fourth most in Major League Baseball. Despite the homers, Sears has arguably been Oakland’s most consistent pitching option and his 5.1% walk-rate has helped limit the damage caused by the homers.

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