May 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (37) gets a base hit against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of their baseball game at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Chavez Struggles Early As Oakland A's Drop Second-Straight To Mariners

The Oakland A’s fell to the Seattle Mariners by the final score of 8-3 dropping their second game in a row to Seattle.

It was a rough start for pitcher Jesse Chavez who allowed three runs in the first inning to the Seattle Mariners. After that he would settle down, and was finally taken out of the game in the middle of the sixth inning after giving up his fourth run of the night on a sacrifice fly.

During that first inning Chavez allowed runs on a wild pitch, a double by Justin Smoak, then a single by Dustin Ackley. Just like that it was 3-0 and the Oakland A’s were in a hole.

Oakland would answer in the bottom of the second when Nick Punto drove in Craig Gentry and Brandon Moses with a single up the middle. At that point it was 3-2 Mariners.

Both teams would go on to score a run in the sixth inning, with Seattle scoring on a sacrifice fly and the Oakland A’s getting an answer from Yoenis Cespedes in the form of a solo home run. That made it 4-3 Mariners.

In the top of the ninth things would start to fall apart for the Oakland A’s, and Seattle would score four in the inning. It all started with a throwing error by Jim Johnson to first after Michale Saunders laid down a bunt for the sacrifice. After that and then an intentional walk to Robinson Cano the bases were loaded.

Corey Hart came up to bat and proceeded to hit a grounder but was able to beat out the double play, thus plating Seattle’s first run of the inning. Justin Smoak would then come in and deliver a two-RBI single pushing the Seattle’s lead to 7-3. Then Kyle Seager followed that up with an RBI double that brought Smoak home. After all the damage was done it was an 8-3 game.

It was one that the Oakland A’s couldn’t come back from either, and it was a ugly way to end a gutsy pitching performace by Chavez, who picked up the loss. Seattle starter Roenis Elias picks up his third win of the season.

Tomorrow the A’s will look to get back on track and keep hopes alive for a series split. It has been a rough few series for Oakland, so a win tomorrow against a divisional opponent would go a long way.

Tags: Jesse Chavez Nick Punto Oakland Athletics Yoenis Cespedes

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