The Oakland Athletics couldn’t muster up much offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and company, falling 7-1 to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night at the O.co Coliseum.
Jimenez held the A’s hitless through 5.2 innings. However, he allowed plenty of baserunners, walking four and hitting a batter. The A’s first hit and run came on a Josh Donaldson single to center that knocked in Josh Reddick from second. Jimenez was “wildly effective,” striking out eight and getting himself in and out of jams all evening.
A’s starter Dan Straily pitched well, but not good enough on this night. Right of the bat, Straily gave up a pair of runs in the first inning — a Nick Swisher solo homer, and an RBI single by Asdrubal Cabrera after Straily had walked two consecutive batters.
Straily settled down after that and departed in the sixth after 103 pitches. He allowed three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking four.
But it just wasn’t the A’s night. They had their chances with runners in scoring position in the third and fourth innings with two out, but Seth Smith and Jed Lowrie both flew out to end the respective frames.
Following Donaldson’s single, Chris Young had a two runners on base and a chance to tie the game, but he struck out on a nasty curveball by Indians reliever Rich Hill.
The Indians knocked in a few more insurance runs after Straily departed. In the seventh, Michael Bourn homered off of Jerry Blevins, and in the ninth, four consecutive hits with two outs by the Indians gave them three more runs to blow the game wide open.
With the Rangers winning earlier today, the A’s fall to 1.5 games back in the AL West.