The Oakland Athletics dropped their second game in a row to the Los Angeles Dodgers getting destroyed 10-1 on Wednesday and showing no signs of a recovery. It's now six losses in eight attempts by the A's, who are on pace to lose 117 games this season.
For the second straight night, there were chants of “Sell the team” in the top of the fifth inning, which I guess is the only thing Oakland fans are looking forward to every day the A's took the field away from what they still call home.
A's supporters had urged Dodgers fans via social media to call out owner John Fisher, and they surprisingly responded by helping their fellow Californians for the second day in a row. Kudos to the Angelenos.
The highlight of the day came courtesy of veteran Tony Kemp. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Kemp rushed to the left-field fence in an attempt to grab a foul ball hit by Freddie Freeman. The fans, hosts and visitors, loved the hustle even though Kemp fell an inch short of grabbing the ball.
It would have gone for nothing, but it shows you the story of the A's this year: as much as they want to try, and they are actually trying, the talent is so barren that no miracles are possible.
Kemp was upset. The crowd gave him all the plaudits. And the veteran was finally benched in rest when he hit the seventh frame. Personally, I loved that Oakland held onto Kemp this past deadline. He's a great player, and an even better person at least watching from the outside. Stay an A's forever, Tony.
In other news, Martin Galles of MLB.com reported before yesterday's game started that starting pitcher James Kaprielian "underwent successful right shoulder arthroscopic surgery [on Wednesday]."
According to Gallegos, the surgery was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles and meant "to repair his posterior labrum." As Gallegos has it, "Kaprielian will be out for the rest of the season" and there is "no timetable for a return."
The A's as a whole will return to the field on Thursday, though, with the finale against the Dodgers in Los Angeles and trying to snatch at least one W from their nearby neighbors.