MLB Team Report - Oakland Athletics - INSIDE PITCH
Oakland's bullpen is gassed, and it showed on the team's just-completed trip to Texas and Seattle.
The A's played 30 games in 31 days, and as that stretch reached an end, the relief core hit a wall. On the seven-game trip, Oakland's bullpen recorded three losses and a 12/16.1 IP ERA.
Asked if fatigue was a factor, A's manager Bob Melvin responded, "If you look at the results, maybe yes."
Melvin noted that even when relievers don't appear in games, they're often warming up once or twice per game. He pointed to Friday night's game, in which Bartolo Colon went eight innings and Grant Balfour closed: Jerry Blevins was up twice in the bullpen and Ryan Cook once.
Blevins, unscored upon in 15 of his 16 previous games, allowed Raul Ibanez's game-tying three-run homer on Saturday, and Cook allowed two runs in the eighth and took the loss.
"It's difficult, and I think they might be a little bit tired right now, which probably is natural," Melvin said of the entire relief corps. "We've had some close games, and these guys have been in a lot of games. It taxes you. So this is going to be a good little opportunity to get some rest."
Oakland now has three days off in the next eight days.
MLB Team Report - Oakland Athletics - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Reds (Bronson Arroyo, 6-5, 3.13) at A's (Tommy Milone, 6-7, 3.98)
--RHP Grant Balfour, who is 17-for-17 in save opportunities this year, had a rare appearance in a non-save situation Sunday and ended up suffering his first loss of the season. He gave up a game-winning home run to PH Kendrys Morales of the Mariners with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.
--1B Brandon Moss took a ball off the jaw when RHP Jarrod Parker's throw to first in the first inning of Sunday's game came up short and bounced off the dirt. Parker quickly turned and retrieved the ball, then waved off Parker's show of concern and stayed in the game.
--RF Josh Reddick extended his hitting streak to four games with a second-inning single Sunday. In the Seattle series, Reddick went 4-for-11.
--2B Eric Sogard led off the third inning of Sunday's game with a single, giving him four hits in a stretch of five at-bats. During the three games of the series in Seattle, Sogard went 4-for-10.
--CF Coco Crisp was the only player in Oakland's lineup Sunday who previously had a hit against Seattle 30-year-old starter Jeremy Bonderman at any point in his career. Crisp went hitless in two at-bats against Bonderman on Sunday and is now 10-for-44 (.227) against him in his career.
--LHP Tommy Milone is scheduled to make his third start against an NL team this season when the A's return from their off day for a Tuesday game against Cincinnati. Milone has already beaten Milwaukee and San Francisco this season. His June 3 start against the Brewers was Milone's last victory. His last time out, Milone gave up eight hits and six runs in a 9-4 loss to the Rangers.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Wasn't a very good one for us. We didn't expect to go 2-5, but not much we can do about it now. Just take the day off, recharge and come back out on Tuesday and play our best baseball." -- Manager Bob Melvin, regarding a disappointing road trip.
MLB Team Report - Oakland Athletics - ROSTER REPORT
--LHP Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle, stress fracture in right foot) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 14. He will wear a walking boot on his right foot for an extra four weeks, meaning he could not return to the rotation until August. If the stress fracture in his navicular bone does not show significant healing after another month, season-ending surgery is likely to be the next step.
--2B Scott Sizemore (torn left anterior cruciate ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list April 10, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 22. He had season-ending surgery April 16.
--RHP Fernando Rodriguez (torn ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) went on the 60-day disabled list March 23. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery March 25.
--RHP Andrew Carignan (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) began a throwing program in the fall. The non-roster reliever could be pitching again by midseason if his recovery continues to go well.
RHP Jarrod Parker
LHP Tommy Milone
RHP A.J. Griffin
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Dan Straily
RHP Grant Balfour (closer)
RHP Ryan Cook
LHP Sean Doolittle
LHP Jerry Blevins
RHP Pat Neshek
RHP Jesse Chavez
RHP Dan Otero
1B Brandon Moss
2B Eric Sogard
SS Jed Lowrie
3B Josh Donaldson
INF Adam Rosales
INF Nate Freiman
LF Yoenis Cespedes
CF Coco Crisp
RF Josh Reddick
OF Seth Smith
OF Chris Young