Pitcher Jesse Chavez is one of the A’s that isn’t feeling 100 percent right now. He’s a little “under the weather” as manager Bob Melvin said.
But Chavez was hardly using that as an excuse for his uneven starting performance in Thursday’s 6-5 loss to the Angels.
“Physically I feel fine, that’s not an excuse. You still have to go and get outs regardless of how you feel,” Chavez said. “You’re arm’s not working or anything is ailing you, then it’s still not an excuse. It’s just a little bug, but what are you going to do?”
In another spot start, Chavez allowed seven hits and four earned runs in five innings Thursday, to go with five strikeouts. The Angels did most of their damage in the fifth inning, as Kole Calhoun singled to score two runs. David Freese then grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Mike Trout from third and give the Angels a 4-0 lead.
In Chavez’ last start against the Angels on April 23, Calhoun hit a two-run homer, the only hit Chavez allowed in six innings in what was a 2-0 loss to the Halos.
“I tried to make a couple pitches and unfortunately, they got a little bit too much of the plate and found a little bit too much of a hole to get through,” Chavez said. “On the bright side, I didn’t see the outfielder’s numbers or the names on the back of their jerseys, so it wasn’t a matter of me leaving the ball over the plate too much. They didn’t put too good a swings on it, it was just they put enough on it.”