Much as we all missed baseball during the Coronavirus close-down, none of us have missed the feeling of a losing streak.
That’s three losses in a row for the A’s and this was another day to forget for the batting line-up. As it was a night-game in Seattle, I didn’t watch live and instead caught up on the game – skipping between the innings breaks – this morning.
Really, this game all came back to the differing fortunes found in the fourth inning.
In the top-half, Ramon Laureano broke up Taijuan Walker’s no-hitter with a lead-off double, yet he was left stranded at third base with the heart of the batting order unable to drive him in.
Then in the bottom half, Kyle Seager drove in two runs and came home himself on an error by Matt Chapman. Walker struck out the side in the top half of the fifth inning and although the A’s were able to rally for three runs in the eighth, it was too little too late.
Nine innings, three hits for the A’s. That’s not going to get things done and no one knows that better than the batters.
Up next …
It’s another night-game in Seattle, so a 2.10am start on Sunday morning UK time. Mike Fiers is the scheduled starter for the A’s, with the left-hander Yusei Kikuchi on the mound for the Mariners.