Recap: A’s @ Royals Game 116
The A’s will lose their second straight series in a row with tonight’s 3-2 loss to Kansas City. The 61-55 A’s will look to avoid a sweep tomorrow. This game all boiled down to the seventh inning where the A’s were a strike away from averting disaster but did not.
- Brandon McCarthy was the pitcher one strike away from getting out of things. Lorenzo Cain doubled with two outs and two strikes on him to tie the game. Making his second start since his return from the DL, he went six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs (two earned) – the third was Cain scoring on a double to Chris Getz surrendered by Sean Doolittle following McCarthy’s exit. He surrendered seven hits while walking nobody and striking out four. McCarthy used 94 pitches in that time with 63 going for strikes and on the season now sports a 2.63 ERA and 3.68 FIP backed by 6.0 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9 in his 90 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Doolittle who gave up the go-ahead inherited runner in his third of an inning. Pat Neshek also came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, allowing a hit and a walk in his inning of work.
- Offensively, again the A’s didn’t give McCarthy or the bullpen much to work with – just two runs on six hits. Chris Carter and Josh Donaldson led the offense both going 2-for-4 with Carter hitting his sixth double, and Dondalson cranking his second home run of the year off of Royals starter Will Smith.
- An 0-for-3 night slipped Cliff Pennington back under .200 to .199. The bottom of this order has just anemic batting averages with Derek Norris hitting fifth (.204), Donaldson sixth (.173), Brandon Moss seventh (.230), Adam Rosales eighth (.208) then Penny in the ninth spot.
- The A’s went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position meaning this was a winnable game for the green and gold, overall they stranded five runners.