Anderson diced up by O's as A's fall back in WC

Anderson diced up by O's as A's fall back in WC

BALTIMORE — The A’s lost a starter on the same day they gained one back. So it goes in a most bizarre season somehow bound for October.

As Trevor Cahill journeyed west to Oakland for an MRI on a strained back muscle, a now-healthy Brett Anderson returned to the mound — for all of an hour, before his first visit from a team trainer.


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BALTIMORE — The A’s lost a starter on the same day they gained one back. So it goes in a most bizarre season somehow bound for October.

As Trevor Cahill journeyed west to Oakland for an MRI on a strained back muscle, a now-healthy Brett Anderson returned to the mound — for all of an hour, before his first visit from a team trainer.


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It was a wonky throw with an undesirable outcome that did in Anderson, who remained in the game following John Andreoli‘s RBI infield tapper with one out in the fourth, but for only one more hitter. Battered by singles, the lefty Anderson was responsible for four runs in a 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Thursday evening at Camden Yards.

The A’s, who finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position while falling shy of a three-game sweep, thus missed an opportunity to gain on the idle Astros and Yankees, instead dropping 3 1/2 games behind Houston in the American League West and 1 1/2 behind New York in the Wild Card, with 15 games to play.

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They managed little against Orioles righty Dylan Bundy outside of Stephen Piscotty‘s 24th home run — ninth in his past 23 games — a second-inning solo shot that extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Nick Martini collected three hits, driving in a run in the fifth, but the A’s formidable offense was otherwise quiet on this night, leaving the bases loaded in the eighth.

Video: OAK@BAL: Piscotty lines a solo homer to right in 2nd

Anderson, meanwhile, was victimized by a pair of infield singles in the first, setting the stage for Tim Beckham‘s two-out, two-run single. Anderson retired six of his next seven batters before yielding two more singles in the fourth, and a wild pitch put two in scoring position. Andreoli chopped one to the left side of the infield, forcing Anderson to scurry over and make an awkward throw home.

Video: OAK@BAL: Andreoli plates Mancini with infield single

Following a brief visit from a member of the team’s medical staff, Anderson allowed another run-scoring hit that ended his night. He gave up seven hits, all singles, while totaling 59 pitches in 3 1/3 innings after missing two weeks with a forearm strain.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman delivered back-to-back singles to open the eighth inning against Miguel Castro, leading Orioles manager Buck Showalter to turn to lefty Paul Fry to face switch-hitting Jed Lowrie. The A’s infielder was called out on strikes, but Khris Davis drew a walk to load the bases for Matt Olson, who also worked a walk to bring in a run and shrink Baltimore’s lead to one. With just one out in the inning, the A’s had a chance to pounce, but right-hander Mychal Givens struck out Piscotty and got Marcus Semien to fly out and squash the threat.

Jane Lee has covered the A’s for MLB.com since 2010.

Published at Fri, 14 Sep 2018 02:14:25 +0000

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