A's offensive funk taking its toll

A's offensive funk taking its toll
July 20, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Josh Reddick flips his bat after striking out in the fifth inning against Angels starter C.J. Wilson on Saturday night. (AP)

ANAHEIM -- The numbers are ugly, no doubt about it.

One run. Ten hits. Two games. Eighteen innings.

That's all the A's could muster in two post-All Star break games, and those were the tallies after Saturday night's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Not having Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup obviously did not help.

But really, the A's offensive woes began before Cespedes' left wrist got sore in the third round of batting practice Friday. Oakland's bats have been anything but on fire of late.

Consider: the A's have now scored three runs or less in eight straight games and are batting .159 (39-for-245) over that time frame with just 13 runs scored. And yet, even with two losses in Anaheim to start the second half, the A's are a relatively stable 4-4 in those games.

"We're in a little bit of an offensive funk," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "We're not at our best offensively right now.

"We're grinding. We're just not getting any results and right now, not hitting balls hard enough to consider what we're doing right now to turn anything into a rally."

Jered Weaver might have had a little something to do with that Friday night. And C.J. Wilson definitely handcuffed the A's Saturday night.

Wilson limited the A's to three hits in 8 1/3 innings. It was the third time the A's were held to three hits in 2013, a season low.

Talk about your post-break blues.

"I think coming out of the All-Star break it can take some guys a couple of days to kind of get back into the swing of things, no pun intended," said A's shortstop Jed Lowrie, who had a double and a single Saturday.

"You face a guy like Weaver and C.J. right after the break, that's a tough assignment as well. And you've got to tip your cap to them. We just have to continue to grind out in games and trust everyone up and down the lineup. When we've won, that's what we've done well, is not try to do too much."

It was the seventh time the A's were shut out this season.

"But you know what? That happens over the course of the season," Melvin said. "It's a little bit of a down time for us offensively right now. A lot of times it just takes a big game to get everybody (going). You tend to press just a little bit too much when you're not scoring runs, so it can be a contagious thing."

The last time the A's scored more than three runs? The 10-4 victory at Kansas City on July 7. The A's hitters have been MIA since.

"They'll be there," offered rookie starter Dan Straily, who did his best in allowing just two runs, on a sacrifice fly and a solo home run. "There are a lot of good hitters in here."

They're just slumping. And yet, they hold a two-game lead in the American League West.

"By no means," said Brandon Moss, "are these two games indicative of how the rest of the season is going to go."