Darren Sabedra here closing out the day as a fill-in for John Hickey. I just filed my final-version game story and thought I’d drop a few notes here before I head to the parking lott.
A.J. Griffin, coming off a rough outing Monday at Boston, was sailing along nicely Saturday until the fourth inning, when things quickly unraveled.
Griffin gave up two home runs and four runs in that inning, and that was enough to send the A’s to their fourth consecutive loss and eighth in nine games.
Manager Bob Melvin noted after the 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles that perhaps his players are putting too much pressure on themselves.
The A’s flirted with a little magic from last season in the ninth inning but could not score after loading the bases with none out.
***On the bright side for Oakland, Josh Donaldson matched a career-high with four hits, including two doubles, and drove in the A’s first two runs. He also made the catch of the day, running what seemed like a mile from third base and sliding into the bullpen mound to reel in a pop up in the fifth inning.
*** Since winning nine in a row, the A’s have gone 4-10. They are 1-8 against teams from the American League East, including three consecutive losses this weekend against Baltimore.
***The home run Nick Markakis hit in Baltimore’s four-run fourth inning was the first hit Griffin has given up to a No. 3 hitter this season. No. 3 hitters were 0 for 13 against him.
***John Jaso had three hits to match a career high.