Game 39 wrapup: Moss strikes out four times on 14 pitches; Rosales sees the humor in lost homer

It was the kind of game that left A’s right fielder Brandon Moss scratching his head.

He struck out four times. He saw 14 pitches.

“You can’t do much worse than that,’’ he said. “I guess I could have struck out on 12 pitches. Overall, it wasn’t a very good day.’’

    It was a good day to test a player’s mettle, however. And at that level, Moss seemed to do well. It was a bad day, maybe the worst day, but it’s over and there are 123 games left on the schedule.

Time to move forward.

“That was the most overmatched I’ve ever been in baseball,’’ Moss said. “It was one of those days. You’ve just gotta hand with ‘em.’’

Manager Bob Melvin said that the having Moss as the only left-handed bat in the lineup against Seattle lefty Joe Saunders wasn’t the ideal matchup to start with. And he said the A’s pitched Moss as well as they could.

“Brandon got pitched very, very tough today,’’ Melvin said. `He was the one left-hander in the lineup and it was not a great matchup for him.’’

Moss is hardly alone in his struggles, which includes a 5-for-31 road trip. Yoenis Cespedes singled in the third inning to end a career-worst 0-for-16 slump and finished the trip 6-for-37. Derek Norris had one of the three hits in the second inning for Oakland but wound up 5-for-27 on the trip.

“I can’t put my finger on it,’’ Moss said in looking at the A’s 3-7 trek east to west through New York, Cleveland and Seattle. “We have to just keep believing. We need to pick it up, keep believing and we’ll come out of it because we are much better than this.’’


–Adam Rosales is just about ready to put that non-homer he hit in Cleveland behind him for good.

It was called a double by umpire Angel Hernandez, and a double it will stay, hundreds of replays saying differently notwithstanding.

But before the homer/non-homer is put to rest, Rosales was asked what the funniest memory he’ll take from the experience.

He said it would be a text from his college coach at Western Michigan, Fred Decker.

“He texted me to say that when I hit home run 499, we’ll all know it’s really No. 500,’’ Rosales said, breaking into a wide grin.
The experience also had a couple of plusses. He said he added about 500 followers on Twitter (@arosie7) and 10 or so friends on Facebook.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.