OAKLAND — By the time Daniel Gossett staggered off the mound with one out in the fifth inning on Monday night, the rookie right-hander had served up seven runs and the Oakland A’s seven-game winning streak was all but over.
Gossett’s final home start of 2017 proved to be a forgettable night, as the Seattle Mariners drilled a quartet of home runs and pushed the 24-year-old’s ERA to 5.82.
“It was just poor pitching. No way to get around it,” Gossett said after the 7-1 loss. “[It was] a poor performance. I let the team down, let myself down with that performance.
“There’s no other way to go about it. I’ve just got to pitch better.”
The short outing against the M’s marked the second time in as many starts that Gossett failed to escape the fifth and the sixth time in 17 outings that’s surrendered multiple home runs.
“He had some really good at bats,” manager Bob Melvin explained. “He threw the ball well against [Nelson] Cruz, but every breaking ball that he threw that was up in the zone, they hammered. And that was his undoing tonight was elevated pitches at the wrong time and they took advantage of it.”
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The trouble for Gossett began in the second when Mike Zunino sent a 422-foot shot beyond the center-field wall, giving the guests a 3-0 advantage.
An inning later, Mitch Haniger hit the first of his two home runs. Haniger’s third-inning drive was a solo homer while his fifth inning shot drove in a pair. In between, ex-A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso connected on his 25th homer, but just his second of September.
Marcus Semien finally supplied a reply against longtime foe Felix Hernandez, connecting on a solo shot, his eighth, in the sixth inning.
Maxwell gets a hand
Catcher Bruce Maxwell, who knelt for the national anthem for the third day in a row, but for the first when he was in the lineup, drew a loud applause from the crowd each time he stepped to the plate.
Olson likely done for the season
Rookie Matt Olson, who’s blasted 24 homers in 59 games, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a grade 2 hamstring strain.
No structural damage for Cotton
A day after Jharel Cotton left his start after five innings due to elbow tightness, the starter underwent an MRI which showed no structural damage.