A’s defeated on night of what-ifs

Boog Powell’s first career homer, launched at the park of his nicknamesake, could have been part of an exciting Oakland Athletics win. Instead, it was just a footnote and a neat coincidence on a night that could have been much more than a 7-3 series-opening loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Powell’s homer, which landed roughly 30 feet from the Boog’s BBQ concession stand, merely cut the deficit to 6-3 in the top of the eighth. Powell, born Herschel Mack Powell, earned the nickname “Boog” because the Orioles legend was his grandfather’s favorite player. The two Powells will meet on
Tuesday.

Oakland trailed just 2-1 with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth, but Rajai Davis grounded into a double play. Seth Smith walked and Manny Machado reached base on Matt Chapman’s error in the bottom half of the inning, setting up for Jonathan Schoop’s three-run homer to break the game open.

Adam Jones hit two homers for the Orioles and Wade Miley allowed two runs over seven innings to beat
the A’s for the second time in two weeks.

Chad Pinder, who grew up an Orioles fan in Virginia, committed a key baserunning error to limit the A’s to just one run in the top of the second. Baltimore tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the second and took the lead on Jones’ homer in the fourth. Jones hit another solo shot in the fifth inning off of Ryan Dull to stretch the lead to 6-1. Welington Castillo’s solo homer off Michael Brady in the eighth made it 7-3.

The A’s did force Baltimore to use closer Zach Britton after putting two men on base in the ninth, but
Britton collected his 11th save of the year.

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