It’s pretty quiet in the postgame A’s clubhouse these days, not surprising after three straight losses and a 9-15 overall record. A’s manager Bob Geren, normally the eternal optimist, admitted his hitters appear to be pressing. Matt Holliday, who hit his first homer at the Coliseum to snap an 0-for-13 funk, agreed. “Anytime as a team you’re not scoring runs, you’re going to have a sense of urgency. You wanna score runs, and when things aren’t coming together — and the pitching is keeping us in the game — it’s frustrating.”
Geren was asked if he might shake up his lineup a bit. A night after hitting leadoff, Kurt Suzuki was hitting sixth again though he has the highest average among A’s regulars at .315. There’s an argument to be made for moving Suzuki higher in the order, and if the offensive woes continue, Geren may have to try it. Inserting him in the leadoff or second spot for Sweeney or Cabrera would be the logical switch. Geren’s take Tuesday night: “I think the guys I have in there have to get it done. They’re in there for a reason. They’re all good players.”
Would you like to see Suzuki hitting higher???
Holliday was wearing a big ice pack around his left ribs after getting nailed by a Shane Loux fastball in the second inning. He was doubled over after a head-first slide into second base that inning, but said it was the after-effect of getting hit, and not the slide itself that was hurting. “It got me square,” he said. “Not the ideal spot to get hit.”
Dallas Braden didn’t pitch that bad — six innings, five runs (three earned) — but he broke a streak of four straight starts in which he allowed two runs or less. Of bigger concern: Tuesday also marked the 12th straight game the A’s starter has worked six innings or less, the team’s longest such streak since it happened 13 consecutive times in August 1997.
Sweeney went 0-for-4 to snap his 12-game hitting streak, which was the second-longest active streak in the AL.