Athletics swept again on the road after 4-3 loss to Seattle

Oakland A's have lost 11 of last 12 road games

SEATTLE, WA – MAY 14: Brett Anderson #30 of the Oakland Athletics goes to bite his glove as he walks off the field after giving up the lead in the fifth inning to the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 14, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE — The road woes continue to pile up for the A’s.

Oakland lost on the road for the 11th time in its last 12 games as the Seattle Mariners held on for a 4-3 win over the A’s to sweep a two-game series.

The Athletics fell to 5-15 on the road this season and have seven more games ahead on their current road trip.

A’s face rough road

A team that was known for squeezing out victories out on the road a season ago, the A’s have struggled to find success away from home this season. Oakland went 1-8 on its last road trip to Toronto, Boston and Pittsburgh and is 0-2 to start a nine-game swing through Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.

A’s manager Bob Melvin was quick to shoot down the idea that it’s a trend lingering on his players’ minds.

“I don’t feel like they’re thinking (about) that,” Melvin said. “We came on the road trip. We felt good. (Monday) we had a lead and gave it up. (Tuesday) we felt like we had a chance to score some runs late and we didn’t. I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about. The record’s not great.”

Brett Anderson, Tuesday’s starting pitcher, noted both games in Seattle were one-run contests with the first going to extra innings.

“It’d be one thing if we were getting boat raced, but these two games were obviously really close and competitive and it’s just one of those things,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, a day off (Wednesday), we can kind of collect our thoughts and get ready for a couple more series on the road. It’s not like we’re playing bad baseball.”

Melvin is confident his team will right the ship and improve on its .250 winning percentage on the road, which puts the A’s among the bottom three road teams in the American League.

Oakland is 14-10 (.585) at home.

“We have a group of guys that won a lot of games last year,” Melvin said, “and we still feel like we have a chance to do that.”

Brett Anderson ‘jinxed’ again

Anderson (4-3, 4.41 earned-run average), who had allowed just one home run in his first 43 innings this season, wasn’t thrilled with a graphic pointing that fact out.

That total increased by three Tuesday night as Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger homered off the lefty.

“I feel like the A’s graphic department jinxed me,” Anderson said. “I’ve been jinxed by the media twice this year. When you asked me about my scoreless innings streak in Oakland and then they fire up a graphic about me not giving up homers and I give up (three).

“But no, I felt like if I executed sinkers into Vogelbach that he wouldn’t be able to keep it fair and you just kind of tip your cap because it was a pretty decent pitch and he kept his hands inside of it and kept it fair.”

It wasn’t the home runs that Anderson focused on as much as his one walk to J.P. Crawford in the fifth inning. The next batter was Haniger, who belted his 11th home run of the season that scored Crawford — which turned out to be the decisive run.

“The one walk to Crawford,” Anderson said. “Even if I give up a solo homer to Haniger there I feel like we have, with our offense, a good chance to make up the one run. And, ultimately, we did. But there’s a guy on base.”

Anderson said he felt better than he did in his last outing, when he gave up four runs and five walks in six innings against Cincinnati. Anderson finished with five strikeouts in six innings against the Mariners.

“The innings and runs and stuff are the same, essentially, as my last start but I feel exponentially better about this one,” Anderson said. “My stuff was better, got some more swinging misses than I have in awhile. … That’s the most frustrating part is the one walk came back to haunt me in the end.”

Oakland bullpen stands up

A day after blowing a late lead twice, Oakland got two shutout innings from Liam Hendriks and Ryan Butcher that helped the A’s keep Tuesday’s contest close.

Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, who pitched two scoreless innings on Monday, also garnered praise from Melvin before Tuesday’s game. Petit was one of three relievers in Monday’s game but was the only one not to give up any runs. The 34-year old has not allowed a run in his last seven outings (8 2/3 innings) and has kept teams from scoring in 17 of his 21 outings this season.

“He’s a nice resource to have,” Melvin said of Petit. “He’s durable, even on days where you wouldn’t expect him to pitch, he always wants to pitch. He’s not 25-years old anymore either, so he has a definite understanding of what he can do and what he can’t.”

Looking ahead

Oakland will travel to Detroit for a four-game series against the Tigers as part of a nine-game road stand. A’s right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-1, 2.35 earned-run average) is scheduled to start Thursday’s series opener against Detroit righty Spencer Turnbull (2-2, 2.42). Right handers Frankie Montas (4-2, 2.78), Daniel Mengden (0-1, 6.75) and Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.12) are also scheduled to pitch against Detroit. The Tigers have three left-handed pitchers (Daniel Norris, Matthew Boyd and Ryan Carpenter) scheduled to go against the A’s in those games.

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