The A’s could not take advantage of Jarrod Parker going the deepest he’s gone into a baseball game in his career Wednesday night, as they lost their second straight game to the Astros.
In what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel between Parker and his newly-found near-namesake rival Jarred Cosart, Oakland could not come up with the big hit in a 2-1 11-inning loss that dropped the club two games behind Texas in the AL west standings.
“It seemed like it was frustrating from the beginning, and got a lot more frustrating as the game went on. You have to try and put that away and keep your wits about you, but it’s one of the more frustrating losses of the year,” said Bob Melvin, who was ejected in the eighth inning after arguing a call in which Eric Sogard was thrown out attempting to advance to third base on a fly-out to center field.
Baseball is a game of inches, and the last two nights Chris Young has found himself a few inches away from consecutive walk-off home runs. After hitting a ball that sailed just left of the foul pole Tuesday night in the bottom of the ninth, Young hit a drive in the tenth that was caught by Robbie Grossman as he leapt up over the left field wall to rob the A’s of a win.
After the catch was made for the third out of the inning, Young was clearly disheartened and in disbelief as he remained in center field and even asked Grossman to show him the ball as he jogged by.
“I just had to make sure. You never know. That would be the best prank of all time, I just had to see it to believe it,” said Young. “It’s been some bad luck, but that’s just how the game goes.”
The one run of the day for the A’s came after Yoenis Cespedes led off the seventh inning with a single, and flew around the bases to score standing up on an opposite-field double off the bat of Brandon Moss.
Parker tossed 8.1 innings as he was efficient with his pitch count, his one blunder of the evening being a solo home run surrendered to former Athletic Chris Carter. The righty stretched his unbeaten streak to 14 games with the no-decision, and since May 28 is 6-0 with a 2.55 ERA.
Houston scored the game-winning run in the eleventh on a double off the bat of Carlos Corporan which scored Jose Altuve as they knocked two consecutive hits off of Sean Doolittle.
The A’s will look to avoid the home sweep at the hands of the last-place Astros Thursday afternoon behind the arm of Sonny Gray (0-1, 1.80) opposed by Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.28). First pitch is scheduled at 12:35.