The Oakland A’s fell to the Baltimore Orioles by the final of 6-3 in the second game of a three-game series. After an extra-inning thriller the night before the A’s had issues both offensively and on the mound.
It was a rough night all the way around for the A’s. Josh Donaldson struck out four times, Jim Johnson’s struggles continued (this time against his former team) and Sonny Gray earned his second loss of the season.
Gray allowed five runs in 5.1 innings but had some control issues this evening throwing just 57 strikes out of 100 pitches and walking four. He did still manage seven strikeouts though. He has now allowed 12 earned runs in his last 18 innings, and now has a 6-2 record.
His conterpart, Kevin Gausman, had a solid performance striking out six and allowing just one run in seven full innings to go along with just one walk en route to his first of the season.
Oakland’s lone run against him came in the third inning on a solo homer by Coco Crisp. Crisp also ended up being their best offensive player this evening with three hits and two runs to go along with his home run.
In the eighth inning, while down 6-1, the Oakland A’s tried to mount a comeback, but only mustered two runs. After forcing a pitching change it was a Kyle Blanks single that drove both runs home. That would be it though, and the game would eventually end at 6-3. Darren O’Day, who came in to finish the A’s off in the eighth, earned a five-out save as he ended things in the ninth as well.
Tomorrow afternoon the rubber-match between the Oakland A’s and the Baltimore Orioles will feature Scott Kazmir (6-2, 2.40 ERA) against Ubaldo Jiminez (2-6, 4.39 ERA). Both Kazmir and Jiminez have had solid consecutive starts, so we could have a possible pitchers duel on our hands.
Following the O’s, the A’s will face off against division rival Los Angeles. Buy Angels tickets for the series from the Official Ticket Exchange.