OAKLAND — This new young crop of A’s offensive talent has provided hope for the future all year long, but one thing remains the same: They still can’t solve the riddle that is Felix Hernandez.
The A’s continued to be baffled by the Seattle Mariners ace in a 7-1 loss on Monday. Hernandez set the all-time record for most wins by a visiting pitcher at the Coliseum with 13, surpassing Tommy John.
The former Cy Young winner did not have usual lights out stuff the A’s grew accustomed to seeing in the past as he only struck out two, but the six-time all-star kept the A’s bats quiet, allowing only two hits and a run through six innings of work. Marcus Semien made the only dent in Hernandez’ stat line with a solo homer to left in the sixth.
Hernandez is now 13-6 in starts at the Coliseum and picked up his 25th career win overall against the A’s, which is also the most wins of any opposing pitcher against the club.
Daniel Gossett’s struggles with the long ball continued. The rookie lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits with four home runs. Gossett has now allowed 20 home runs in 17 starts this season.
— Bruce Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol and played in his first game since he began kneeling during the national anthem. The reception was mostly positive from fans at the Coliseum. The catcher received a loud ovation as he walked to the plate for his first at-bat, with a few scattered boos. The fans in the right field bleachers started a “Maxwell!” chant during each of his at-bats. He went 0 for 3 on the night.
— The dream season of A’s rookie Matt Olson might be ending prematurely.
After injuring his hamstring in the seventh inning of Sunday’s win over Texas when stretching out for a ball at first base, Olson said things only got worse the day after.
”It’s still pretty tight,” Olson said. “Feels a little worse than yesterday.”
While Olson would like to play at least one more time before the season ends, he’s not sure that will be possible with only seven games remaining. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday night.
“There is no way he can play right now,” Melvin said. “He won’t even be out on the field the next couple of days. Hopefully we could get him back in Texas, but …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports