Oakland, CA – Coming off the All- Star break the Oakland A’s swept the Kansas City Royals to continue their winning streak to five games. For the first time since June 15, the A’s return to the .500 mark. That changed tonight when the A’s lost to the Boston Red Sox 2-1.
“We just want to come out and play our game,” said Rajai Davis. “As long as we keep getting hits, pitching good, playing defense and keeping teams to minimum runs, we’ll be fine.”
Oakland struggled again as they did during the first half of the season in getting hits. Losing both Ryan Sweeney and Kevin Kouzmanoff was a huge blow to the lineup. Sweeney will have a season ending knee surgery while Kouzmanoff was scratched from tonight’s game with back spasms.
The upcoming schedule will be tough, the A’s will face teams that sit atop their divisions. Tonight begins a six-game homestand against the Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. Then they will travel to play the first place Texas Rangers in their division.
Davis got Oakland’s only run in the third frame by hitting a solo home run, his fourth of the season. But former A’s player Eric Patterson tripled top of the fourth frame and scored Boston’s first run to tie the game. Adrian Beltre followed with a home run to seal their victory.
“Obviously coming over to a new team you don’t know what to expect,” Patterson said. “Things have been going good for me, the team has been very welcoming and my stats have gone up.” “It’s good to be back and see some old faces, I’ve made a lot of good friends here.”
Oakland’s bullpen did a great job and the defense was outstanding but again they could not finish strong. The A’s stranded runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh and failed to produce any sort of scoring opportunity.
Ben Sheets recorded his ninth loss of the year, he surrendered seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Sheets has tossed at least six innings in 16 or 19 starts, allowing two runs or fewer six times and walked two batters or fewer nine times.
“It’s been up and down for me,” Sheets said. “My stuff was below average, it seems like every time I get on a high, I come back down. There’s still a lot of season left though.” “It didn’t end like we wanted, we had our chances there in the end but it just didn’t work out for us.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino