The A’s record against left-handed starters fell to 5-12 this season as Seattle’s Erik Bedard allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The A’s have beaten Tampa Bay’s Scott Kazmir and Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn in the last eight days, but still had a batting average of .208 against all lefties coming into Wednesday’s game. Fortunately for Oakland, it likely does not have to face a left-hander during this weekend’s series in Texas.
Jack Cust was supposed to start in right field Wednesday but was scratched with lower back tightness. Cust said he felt better after the team’s trainers treated his back before the game, but still wasn’t at 100 percent. He expects to be ready to go for Friday’s doubleheader against the Rangers.
A’s relievers Brad Ziegler and Russ Springer are going though some tough times on the mound. After Wednesday, Ziegler has allowed eight runs (seven earned) in eight games and Springer has given up an earned run in each of his last five appearances.
Springer, who gave up four straight base hits to the Mariners on Wednesday, said there’s nothing wrong with him physically. Springer had actually allowed eight straight hits, an Oakland record, before retiring the last two batters of the ninth.
A’s starters are 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA over the last nine games. … Bobby Crosby’s home run in the second inning Wednesday was his first in 72 games and 243 at-bats. … Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 Wednesday and is now 19-for-50 in his last 15 games.