I’d say these comments sum up tonight’s game pretty good:
“Horrible, absolutely terrible. I’m an absolute disgrace to myself right now.”
– A’s right-hander Sean Gallagher, after he gave up six first-inning runs and lasted just 2 1/3 innings.
“Brutal. It’s terrible. Whatever bad word you can say about it. It’s frustrating.”
–DH Jack Cust
“Walks aren’t acceptable. From Day 1, that was the message in spring training.”
–A’s manager Bob Geren
If you saw tonight’s game, it was pretty simple. Gallagher couldn’t locate any pitch he threw, and the Rays led 6-1 after one inning.
Making matters worse for the A’s, backup catcher Landon Powell, after entering the game at first base, strained a hamstring running out a grounder in the ninth. His status is unknown, but Geren and assistant GM David Forst were huddled after the game discussing their catcher situation. Kurt Suzuki and Powell are the only catchers currently on the 40-man roster, so there could be some juggling of the roster tomorrow to promote a catcher, assuming Powell won’t be available.
That’s all for now… It’s up to Josh Outman to try to turn things around tomorrow …