A’s: Jed Lowrie hitting in tough luck; Josh Donaldson not hitting

#A's Jed Lowrie is just waiting for his luck to turn.

#A’s Jed Lowrie is just waiting for his luck to turn.

Jed Lowrie drove in the A’s only run Tuesday with a sacrifice fly.

Beyond that, the Oakland shortstop went hitless in four at-bats and is now hitless in his last 20 at-bats.

Josh Donaldson went hitless in all six of his plate trips Tuesday for the A’s and is now hitless in his last 21 at-bats.

There is a difference, though.

Lowrie seems to be hitting in tough luck. Donaldson is in one of those hitless streaks that batters get into from time to time when it seems as if they might never emerge.

“I feel like the swing is there, but the results aren’t,’’ Lowrie said after the A’s 14-inning 2-1 loss to the Angels. “It’s one of those times where those two things don’t meet.’’

Donaldson, on the other hand, struck out twice and didn’t seem to be able to take any of the good rips for which he’s known.

More than that, it was Donaldson’s throwing error in the sixth inning that gave the Angels their only run of the first 13 innings. It was unearned. Donaldson made three throwing errors on Monday and leads the American League with 13 errors for the season.

“Josh is a tough kid,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s being challenged right now, especially offensively. He’s a fighter, though. He’s got a football mentality.’’

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.