A's lose a player and the series

Oakland, CA – An emotional day for the A’s as they lost a player that has been a staple to the organization for the past ten years.  Mark Ellis was not only a veteran amongst the team but a friend who will be truly missed, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies.

“It’s not something I expected especially since I’ve never been traded,” Ellis said. “You see it happen to other players but never did I think it would happen to me, maybe just a thought.”

Oakland suffered another 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins who took the series.  They rallied back in the ninth inning but failed again in overcoming the odds against an offense that dominated the game early.  Both Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison led with back-to-back doubles in the second. David DeJesus fielded Morrison’s ball and was charged with a throwing error to second on the play allowing Ramirez to score which gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

“Any time you come out of the game is tough,” said Trevor Cahill. “I just try to go out there and at least throw a quality start every time. It’s frustrating to not make it through five innings. I think it’s just one of those days I didn’t have my best stuff and wasn’t able to battle through it.”

Cahill entered the contest 2-0 with and ERA 1.17 over the past two starts following a five-game losing streak. But today he lacked control and command on the mound. Trevor allowed nine hits, five runs (four earned), three walks and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings.

“We made him throw strikes and when he threw strikes we hit them,” Marlins interim manager Jack Mckeon said. “In the past he’s used to getting people chasing his pitches, a few guys did but most of the guys were being selective and making him throw strikes.”

Florida surged in the fifth frame when they scored four runs off the A’s righty. Emilio Bonifacio led off the inning with a bunt single before stealing second base.  That play left both Adam Rosales and Trevor confused as they both assumed the ball was a foul.

Morrison’s RBI single brought in Ramirez. John Buck’s 2-RBI double added two more runs from Logan and Mike Stanton who notched his first hit of the series.  A’s manager Bob Melvin had no choice to pull Cahill after a poor start.  The bullpen took over and did their best to slow down Florida but needed the offense to get them back into the game.

“Obviously, it would have been a great win for us to get the series,” said Melvin.  ”We’re really not looking at the standing now, we’re going to start playing better.  The A’s have been a second-half team and hopefully that’s the case, that’s certainly what we’re striving for.”

Oakland’s offense came alive in the eighth when Coco Crisp hit a solo shot to right field.  Kurt Suzuki’s two-run homer in the ninth cut the lead to one but closer Leo Nunez ended all hope when he struck out Rosales to end the game.

“Tough day,” said Suzuki.  ”Losing doesn’t help it, you lose a friend, a teammate, always tough.”

The A’s fall 10 games below the .500 mark and continue to seek ways to turn things around.  They are 1-1 on this nine-game homestand against the Marlins with upcoming games facing Arizona and Seattle.  Their season-high six-game home winning streak was snapped last night.

Notes – The Oakland A’s raised over $29,000 at today’s Mug Root Beer Float Day.  All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Since 2003, the A’s have raised over $329,000 for this event.  A’s players, coaches, broadcasters, along with Bay Area radio and television personalities and local newspaper reporters serve MUG Root Beer floats in the Eastside Club prior to the game.  Proceeds were raised through the sale of the floats, tips given in exchange for autographs and pictures with the celebrity scoopers, the sale of the autograph mugs and a silent auction of sports memorabilia. MUG Root Beer float is sponsored by Pepsi.  The ice cream for the event is donated by Dreyer’s.


Written by: Malaika Bobino