The Oakland A’s apparently forgot that they had a two game series against the Colorado Rockies, losing both games before heading on the road.
After taking a convincing series win against the Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland A’s struggled against the visiting Colorado Rockies.
The A’s lost the first game of the two game series 8-3. Daniel Mengden and the A’s bullpen struggled in the series opener, and the A’s left runners on base early and often in a below average offensive performance.
On Tuesday night, reliever Lou Trivino also struggled. Trivino allowed three runs on three hits and one walk which put the Athletics out of striking distance in the eighth inning.
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Rookie reliever Jordan Weems made an impressive debut on Tuesday as well. Weems struck out Trevor Story as the first batter he faced in his major league career. Although Weems then allowed four straight hits that blew the game open, he retired the final eight batters he faced. Weems showed an impressive fastball and decent off-speed pitches to support his heater.
Khris Davis has struggled mightily so far in the first few contests for the A’s. After not recording a hit in their first five games, Davis was not in the lineup Wednesday in the afternoon series finale against the Rockies.
Ramon Laureano served as the designated hitter on Wednesday, with Mark Canha sliding into the center field role. Vimael Machin also got the start at second base with Tony Kemp, Chad Pinder, and Franklin Barreto on the bench that afternoon.
After a decent Opening Day start, Frankie Montas improved on his first performance of the season with a five inning two run outing. Walking two and striking out three, Montas had clear control of his arsenal and was able to increase his pitch count to 77 in his second appearance of the year.
As he did in the Angels series, Jesus Luzardo provided excellent relief help for the Athletics after Montas left the game on Wednesday. Luzardo struck out five in 3.2 innings of relief, only allowing one earned run.
The Rockies provided plenty of offensive firepower outside of their hometown Coors Field in this two game series. The Rockies totalled 23 hits in the two game series, scoring 13 runs and handling the A’s offensive attack handily.
The two starters for the Rockies in the series, Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez gave Colorado eleven combined innings of quality baseball, which allowed their bullpen to ease into the game more so than Oakland has had the luxury of doing.
The Oakland A’s had a few small rally opportunities in each of the two games, however they consistently left runners on base in key situations.
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Oakland will look to rebound against the Seattle Mariners after a two game sweep from the Rockies. The A’s will travel to Seattle for their first road games of the season and will do their best to move on from 8-3 and 5-1 losses.