Instant Replay: Offense silent again, A's lose 3-1 to Astros

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Instant Replay: Offense silent again, A's lose 3-1 to Astros

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It was another rough night offensively for the A’s on Tuesday, and the signs of that came early courtesy of Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus.

He made a throw home to nail Ryon Healy in the second and extinguish an early A’s scoring opportunity. Then Rasmus did it with the bat, homering off Kendall Graveman in the bottom of that inning to send the Astros on their way to a 3-1 victory over Oakland at Minute Maid Park.

It’s been a barren two days in the Lone Star state for the A’s so far. Over the first 18 innings of this three-game series, they’ve managed to score just one run on nine hits. On Tuesday it was right-hander Collin McHugh who handcuffed them. McHugh came in having allowed 12 earned runs over his previous 13 1/3 innings, spanning three starts. But he went six scoreless innings in this one and held the A’s to just four hits, striking out five and walking one.

The Astros put on a show defensively throughout the night, including terrific plays from the dynamic double play combo of Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve at different points. That continued a month-long pattern that has seen the A’s score just 3.4 runs per game throughout August. Their 93 total runs are the fewest in the American League for the month.

Starting pitching report:
Kendall Graveman (10-9) took the loss in this one, but he certainly didn’t get much help tonight. The sinkerballer went seven inning sand allowed three runs on just four hits. Rasmus got to him for a homer on a 1-2 pitch. Then Houston added a run in the third on Alex Bregman’s two-out single, set up by George Springer’s steal of second and Stephen Vogt’s throwing error that moved him to third. Then Evan Gattis added a solo shot in the seventh to make it a 3-0 game.

Bullpen report:
John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth to keep the A’s within striking distance.

At the plate:
The A’s appeared to be in business against McHugh (9-10) in the second, when Healy advanced to third base with one out. But Max Muncy lofted a fly ball to left, and Rasmus fired his throw home as Healy tagged up. The throw was well off-line, taking catcher Jason Castro well to the first-base side of home plate. But Castro retrieved the ball and made an excellent diving effort to tag Healy before he touched the plate.

The A’s scored their only run in the eighth when Max Muncy reached on an error and came around to score eventually on Marcus Semien’s grounder to short.

In the field:
Marcus Semien made a terrific diving play up the middle, then hopped to his feet and threw out Marwin Gonzalez for the A’s best defensive play of the night.

Rasmus’ throw home to nail Healy wasn’t the first time he’s hurt the A’s with his arm this season. He made a terrific play earlier this season at Minute Maid Park, fielding Jed Lowrie’s base hit off the wall and firing a perfect throw to second to get Lowrie, who had to figure he had a double as the ball came off the bat.

Attendance:
23,114

Up next:
Ross Detwiler (1-3, 5.74) matches up against Mike Fiers (9-6, 4.40) in Wednesday’s 11:10 a.m. matchup that closes this six-game road trip for Oakland.

A's starter Jesse Hahn exits game vs Marlins with triceps injury

A's starter Jesse Hahn exits game vs Marlins with triceps injury

OAKLAND — A’s starter Jesse Hahn left Tuesday night’s game in the third inning with a strained right triceps.

The right-hander had surrendered seven hits and four runs when he was visited by manager Bob Melvin and A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta after allowing Christian Yelich’s leadoff single in the third. Following a short conversation, Hahn headed for the dugout.

The A’s already were trailing 4-1 at the time, and Bobby Wahl was called in cold from the bullpen. After being given all the time he needed to warm up, Wahl gave up two doubles, a single and two wild pitches as the Marlins added on three more runs to take a 7-1 lead that they held as of the bottom of the fourth.

Hahn came in 1-3 with a 3.02 ERA over nine games (eight starts) after replacing Raul Alcantara in the rotation in early April. Hahn was sidelined for roughly a month late in 2016 with a strained right shoulder and missed the final three months of the 2015 season with right elbow inflammation.

Since Sean Manaea returned from a shoulder setback May 15, the A’s have been operating with what looked like a consistent five-man starting staff with Sonny Gray, Kendall Graveman, Manaea, Andrew Triggs and Hahn.

 

A's lineup: Alonso returns for opener against Marlins

A's lineup: Alonso returns for opener against Marlins

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After missing four games, Yonder Alonso is back in the lineup as the A's begin a series against the Marlins Tuesday night.

Miami Marlins:
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
3. Christian Yelich (L) CF
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) DH
5. Justin Bour (L) 1B
6. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
7. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
Jose Urena -- RHP

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) RF
2. Mark Canha (R) CF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP