The A's were handed a lopsided 10-2 loss under a full pink moon at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night. The lunar event may have influenced some of the strange events that unfolded on the field, but nothing went the A's way.
It was a night that saw A's pitching Curt Young ejected for the first time in his career, 10 unanswered runs for the Orioles, and just the fourth win for the Baltimore ballclub in Oakland in their last 20 contests.
"It was a bad game all around for us, it was just an ugly game," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Perhaps the most strange aspect of the evening was Jarrod Parker's performance. He had another inconsistent outing as he showed flashes of the brilliance that made him one of the A's best pitchers in 2012, but also ran into frequent trouble.
The bad would end up drastically outweighing the good for Parker, as he allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. The most troubling aspect of his night was that he failed to obtain a shutdown inning when he allowed three runs on four hits in the third after the A's went up 2-0.
"It's kind of embarrassing, we put a two spot up and then give it right back," Parker said. "If I go out there and throw a clean inning it's an entirely different ballgame."
The inability for the A's pitchers to hold down the opposition once the offense scores is becoming a troubling trend. The same thing happened on Wednesday in Boston.
Parker has lost each of his last four decisions and now has an 8.10 ERA. It is the longest losing streak of his career. The 24-year-old pitcher that tied a rookie record with 13 wins in 2012 is hoping things will level out if he stays the course.
"For me to beat myself over what's done, you can't do that," Parker said. "You've just got to continue to put the work in and remain confident and get your body right and do better."
It's not just Parker struggling. The normally steady A's starting rotation is 5-8 with a 6.12 ERA over the last 16 games. That can't be blamed on the full moon. Parker plans on turning the page by studying film to make sure everything is right mechanically before his next bullpen session. The rest of the team will try and forget this game and move on to the next one.
A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in his first rehab appearance since injuring his left hand on April 12. He batted third and was the designated hitter for the Sacramento River Cats. He is eligible to return from the disabled list on Sunday.