By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – No better way than to start the series with a win. After losing two straight and eight of the last ten games, the Oakland Athletics bounce back for the 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Two late home runs life the A’s over the Royals. Despite outstanding pitching from ace James Shields Oakland overcame his command on the mound as well as the bullpen. Shields had retired 11 straight before Josh Donaldson led off the seventh with his sixth home run and tied the game 1-1.
“It was just a case of me not doing my job, bottom line” said James. “I don’t really care what the score of the game is, I just didn’t get the job done at the end. It’s a tough loss right there, a real tough loss.”
In his last three starts, Shields has given up only five runs and the Royals have scored just four runs in those games. As a result, Kansas City lost all three times with James getting a no-decision and two loses.
“We didn’t have any chances,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “David Lough picked up one RBI and we couldn’t get anything going all night long.”
Lough got the only hit the team could muster. In the third, he followed Salvador Perez’s double off Jarrod Parker. David hit a single right over shortstop Adam Rosales into left field to score in Perez.
The A’s starter Parker threw his best game all season, allowing one run on four hits over a season-high seven innings. He walked two and struck out five. It was a battle on the mound and the best prevailed behind two explosive at-bats from Oakland’s offense. Jarrod retired seven of the first eight batters he faced.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Parker. “The last couple of starts I tried to piece things together. This time I tried to power through the ball and was getting ground balls.”
“Getting him on track would be huge,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He seemed like he had a clam to him. Right away he was throwing strikes. Hopefully this is a springboard for him. He was really good.”
Rosales was also really good, he led off the eighth frame with a solo blast, his second of the year. That was the nail if the coffin after great pitching from both sides. Adam gave credit to Jarrod’s pitching as the reason why Oakland was able to come back for the win.
“I haven’t gotten too many starts against a right-handers,” said Rosales. “I appreciate the opportunity. The crowd really pumped me up and I just ran.”
“That was such a huge pickup for us,” Parker said of Adam’s home run. “It was a big hit for us. Even J.D.’s hit was huge.”