There wasn’t much for the A’s — or their fans — to be excited about after Monday’s 6-0 drubbing by the Angels. A bit of news — reliever Andrew Carignan will be sent to the minors and another reliever will be called up Tuesday, manager Bob Melvin said. Here’s some postgame reaction from the clubhouse:
–“We’ll keep grinding through it,” Melvin said of his offense. “It’s my belief that one big hit leads to another big hit and it gets contagious. But right now it’s a bit of a struggle for us.”
–From right fielder Josh Reddick: “It’s still early. There’s no need to push the panic button right now. We (just) can’t get that hit with runners on. Someone’s got to get hot and carry this team on their back.”
–Losing pitcher Brandon McCarthy was pretty upset with himself for what he called poor command all night. And he didn’t sugarcoat things when asked about pitching when his team is scoring so few runs. “It makes it kind of feel like we’re getting our (butts) kicked,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like we’re putting up a fight. You feel like you’re not doing your part individually.”
–If there was a silver lining for the A’s, you can point to some nice defensive plays by their outfield. Coco Crisp, spelling Yoenis Cespedes in center, made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Kendrys Morales, and Reddick threw out Morales trying to stretch a single into a double.
Were some of you wondering if Cespedes would have made that catch on Morales’ drive? Crisp certainly makes plays look easier in center, but there’s a drawback too. He doesn’t have nearly the arm Cespedes has, and opponents are more likely to run on him.
Melvin said Cespedes would return to center on Tuesday after getting a night off.