CLEVELAND — The A’s have become notorious for late-inning comebacks over the past two weeks, but this deficit was much too large.
After keeping it close for most of the night, one bad inning by Emilio Pagan allowed things to get out of hand as the A’s fell in a 10-4 blowout to the Indians Friday night.
On what was fireworks night at Progressive Field, the A’s were the ones who started things off with a bang as Dustin Fowler led the game off with a solo home run to well up the right field bleachers. The home run traveled a projected 467 feet, tied for seventh-longest in baseball in baseball this season. It was Fowler’s sixth homer of the season and first of his career to lead off a game.
With Matt Olson leading off the second by blasting a home run to center, the A’s jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. But the Indians offense, which entered the night fourth in the league in runs scored, showed why it’s one of the best in baseball.
Paul Blackburn, who has been up and down since returning from the disabled list last month, was down Friday night. Though he was the victim of some bad defense behind him, Blackburn did himself no favors as he fell behind in the count often. The right-hander failed to record an out in the fifth, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts over just four innings of work.
It’s been a struggle to find consistency for Blackburn, who has couple one good start with a bad one through his first six back from the forearm injury that kept him out since the end of spring training.
The A’s had a big moment to do damage in the seventh with the bases loaded and a run already in to bring the deficit to 6-4, but Khris Davis stuck out against Neil Ramirez to end what was their biggest threat of the night.
Pagan was tagged for four runs in the eighth, giving the Indians a comfortable six-run cushion as they eventually snapped the A’s two-game win streak.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports