Oakland – The A’s bullpen just didn’t have it tonight. Lou Trivino recorded another rough outing on the mound and a few mistakes led to the Houston Astros late comeback.
The Astros 3-2 win over Oakland came on the hands of Trivino giving up a double to Tony Kemp who tied the game 2-2 in the seventh. Josh Reddick’s solo shot off Mike Fiers made it a 2-1 game before he was replaced by Trivino.
“I’m just not feeling good with my delivery, a little off right now,” said Trivino. “My fastball doesn’t have to much life to it, I’m giving them good pitches to hit and they’re hitting them so its frustrating.”
Trevino didn’t sugarcoat his performance and said his fastball flattened out and had a “late life” tonight. It didn’t matter to him that Houston was without four of their best players who currently sit on the injured list, Jose Altuve (left hamstring strain), George Springer (left hamstring strain), Carlos Correa (fractured rib), and Aledmys Diaz (left hamstring strain).
“That’s still a good team, no matter what,” Trivino explained. “I’ve seen a lot of those guys play, being in the organization. Fisher Kemp, those guys can play.
Fisher one of the four players called up from Triple-A recorded his first home run to lead off the eighth to make it a 3-2 game. He went yard on the first pitch and that silenced the crowd of 14,519 fans who watched in disbelief.
But after two scoreless innings, Matt Chapman went deep with a two-run homer on a 0-2 pitch in the third. Chapman gave Oakland a 2-0 lead but unfortunately that would be that last time the A’s scored tonight. Defensively Oakland was outstanding until the seventh.
Every opportunity the Astros had to score, the A’s were on top of them. Top of the fifth Robinson Chirinos bunted and catcher Josh Phegley made an unbelievable throw to first baseman Matt Olson for the out. After Kemp singled on a ground ball he was caught stealing to end the frame.
Mike Fiers did his part as well, he went six scoreless frames until he gave up a home run to Reddick. Fiers followed with a walk to Tyler White and that ended his night. The bullpen took over and allowed two more runs that sealed Houston’s victory.
Fiers lasted 6 2/3 innings, he gave up four hits, three walks, two runs and one home run. He has a 2.82 ERA with 27 strikeouts in his last eight starts. Fiers began the season with a 8.28 ERA in his first six starts of the year.
“It just feels like I’m pitching, I’m not doing anything different, just changing speeds and trying to keep them off balance,” said Fiers. “I’m just pretty much throwing the pitches the way I want.”
“Anytime you throw a no-hitter, you’re going to gain some confidence from that,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said about Fiers. “He’s been pretty consistent here as the season has gone along. He’s not a max-effort guy. Sometimes guys who throw hard get a little worn out at times, but it seems like he’s getting stronger as he goes along.”
Oakland’s offense had some opportunities but failed to drive in more runs. Ramon Laureano led off the seventh with a double down the left field line and Phegley’s sacrifice fly moved Laureano to third. Both Marcus Semien and Robbie Grossman grounded out to end the frame.
Despite the loss, some good news came after the game. The A’s maybe getting back their home-run leader. Khris Davis is eligible to come off the injured tomorrow. Davis took batting practice today and got up to about 25 swings. He would defintiely be a spark to the offense.
“He’s doing pretty well,” Melvin said after BP today. “I think there’s a chance. We want to make sure he’s not sore tomorrow and feels as good as he did today. His BP was good. He felt good.”