The starting pitching wasn’t there this afternoon for the Oakland A’s as Jeff Samardzija got rocked by the Mets for seven runs in just 3.2 innings. In all he allowed seven runs on seven hits.
All of the runs Jeff Samardzija allowed came in the span of just 1.2 innings with the trouble starting with the first batter of the third inning. This after he was perfect through the first two innings.
The first run he allowed came on a solo home run by Eric Campbell to straight-away center field. Two batters later Curtis Granderson started a two-out rally by hitting a single past third base. Daniel Murphy also a hit a single, then David Wright walked to load the bases.
On the next batter Jeff Samardzija missed his spot on a pitch that was supposed to be outside –he crossed up his catcher John Jaso — and the wild pitch allowed Granderson to score from third. Later on in that same at-bat Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and just like that it was 5-0 Mets.
In the bottom half of the innings Oakland would get two runs back with back-to-back RBI doubles by Coco Crisp and Jaso.
However, in the top of the fourth things got even worse for Jeff Samardzija as two more runs came across home on RBI singles by Granderson and Murphy. That would signal the end of his disappointing night.
In the bottom of the fourth Oakland would answer again with two more runs –albeit unearned — on what should have been a simple ground ball to second-baseman Murphy to end the inning. Instead, with two outs and the runners moving on contact, the A’s scored twice. At the end of four it was 7-4 and the A’s were still in striking distance.
But, the New York Mets would add one more run in the top of the fifth on a Wilmer Flores base hit to push their lead to four runs.
Oakland would only be able to score once more in the eighth on a bases loaded walk with Sam Fuld at bat. With only one out and the score 8-5 it looked like the A’s would have a chance to tie the game, but instead got an Andy Parrino strikeout and a Josh Donaldson groundout to end the threat.
Tomorrow starts a critical three-game series against the A.L. West leading Anaheim Angels at home. Obviously a sweep would be fantastic, but getting two out of three here would be huge for the final playoff push.