SEATTLE — The road woes continue to pile up for the A’s.
Oakland lost on the road for the 11th time in its last 12 games as the Seattle Mariners held on for a 4-3 win over the A’s to sweep a two-game series.
The Athletics fell to 5-15 on the road this season and have seven more games ahead on their current road trip.
A’s face rough road
A team that was known for squeezing out victories out on the road a season ago, the A’s have struggled to find success away from home this season. Oakland went 1-8 on its last road trip to Toronto, Boston and Pittsburgh and is 0-2 to start a nine-game swing through Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.
A’s manager Bob Melvin was quick to shoot down the idea that it’s a trend lingering on his players’ minds.
“I don’t feel like they’re thinking (about) that,” Melvin said. “We came on the road trip. We felt good. (Monday) we had a lead and gave it up. (Tuesday) we felt like we had a chance to score some runs late and we didn’t. I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about. The record’s not great.”
Brett Anderson, Tuesday’s starting pitcher, noted both games in Seattle were one-run contests with the first going to extra innings.
“It’d be one thing if we were getting boat raced, but these two games were obviously really close and competitive and it’s just one of those things,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, a day off (Wednesday), we can kind of collect our thoughts and get ready for a couple more series on the road. It’s not like we’re playing bad baseball.”
Melvin is confident his team will right the ship and improve on its .250 winning percentage on the road, which puts the A’s among the bottom three road teams in the American League.
Oakland is 14-10 (.585) at home.
“We have a group of guys that won a lot of games last year,” Melvin said, “and we still feel like we have a chance to do that.”
Brett Anderson ‘jinxed’ again
Anderson (4-3, 4.41 earned-run average), who had allowed just one home run in his first 43 innings this season, wasn’t thrilled with a graphic pointing that fact out.
That total increased by three Tuesday night as Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger homered off the lefty.
“I feel like the A’s graphic department jinxed me,” Anderson said. “I’ve been jinxed by the media twice this year. When you asked me about my scoreless innings streak in Oakland and then they fire up a graphic about me not giving up homers and I give up (three).
“But no, I felt like if I executed sinkers into Vogelbach that he wouldn’t be able to keep it fair and you just kind of tip your cap because it was a pretty decent pitch and he kept his hands inside of it and kept it fair.”
It wasn’t the home runs that Anderson focused on as much as his one walk to J.P. Crawford in the fifth inning. The next batter …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports