For the first time in his last 20 starts, A’s righty Jerrod Parker was beaten Monday night.
The consistent pitcher brought a 19-game unbeaten streak into the division rivalry, but did not have command on his pitches on the evening, lasting just 4.1 innings and giving up 8 runs as Oakland fell to Anaheim by a final score of 12-1.
“It was a good run,” Parker said. “All good things come to an end. I guess if you’re going to do it, you might as well give it up and get it over with.”
“He [Parker] was healthy, we just haven’t seen him have an off night in quite some time… just not his best stuff tonight,” said Bob Melvin.
Parker was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday with a stomach ache, and may have been hampered by illness Monday night as well.
Nothing seemed to go right for the A’s on the evening as they were thoroughly dismantled by the Angels in all aspects of the game.
“You just move on from a tough loss, there are going to be games like that during the course of a season,” said Melvin.
The A’s will not slow down their surge to win the west, as they are now 11-4 in the month of September, and 26 games over .500 at 88-62.
With Anaheim starter C.J. Wilson in total control, Melvin took the opportunity to rest ailing Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson, relieving the big bats and giving the opportunity of playing time to Michael Choice and Seth Smith as mid-inning replacements with the A’s trailing by a substantial amount of runs.
With 12 games left in the regular season Oakland holds a commanding six-and-a-half game lead in the AL west over the struggling Rangers, who have lost seven games in a row.
Oakland will send rookie Sonny Gray (3-3, 2.63) to the mound Tuesday night to attempt to get back in the winning column. The heralded righty will be opposed by Garrett Richards (7-6, 3.91) with first pitch scheduled at 7:05 PST.