A’s finish winless road trip

The home team has won the Oakland Athletics’ last ten games.

The problem is that the Athletics have only been the home team for three of those games. Sunday’s 10-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners capped off an 0-6 road trip. The A’s are now 58-78 overall and 21-47 outside of Oakland, the worst road record in baseball.

Though Sunday’s final score was lopsided, the A’s were within striking distance for most of the game, adding to the frustration. Five of the six games on the trip were winnable, including blown leads on Wednesday and Saturday.

Mariners starter Andrew Albers held the A’s hitless until Matt Olson’s sixth-inning solo homer on Sunday. He allowed just one hit and one walk over six innings,
striking out five.

Olson took advantage of the rare start against left-handed pitching, driving in both Oakland runs and picking up two of the team’s four hits. In addition to his homer, his RBI single off former A’s reliever Marc Rzepcyznski cut the score to 5-2 in the eighth.

The tying run would come to the plate in the inning, but Nick Vincent got Marcus Semien to fly out and got Franklin Barreto to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Oakland starter Daniel Gossett settled in after Robinson Cano’s two-run homer in the first inning.

However, things unraveled after Gossett recorded the first two outs of the fourth inning. He issued back-to-back walks to Jean Segura and Yonder Alonso, an RBI single to Cano and another walk to Nelson Cruz. Gossett was removed for Liam Hendriks at that point,
needing 89 pitches to record 11 outs. Only 46 of his 89 pitches were strikes. He did record five strikeouts in his 3 2/3 innings.

Hendriks got Kyle Seager to pop out to end the rally and took care of the fifth inning as well, but
the Seattle bats got to the other A’s relievers.

Carlos Ruiz answered Olson’s homer with a solo shot on a middle-middle fastball from Santiago Casilla to lead off the bottom of the sixth and Mitch Haniger homered in the seventh off Sam Moll. Moll’s first two outings were scoreless appearances, but he did not have the same luck making his third consecutive appearance.

Haniger and Cano each collected four hits. Haniger, a South Bay native, finished the day a triple shy of the cycle.

Seattle got five runs in the eighth inning on six hits against Michael Brady to break the game open.

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