The Royals lost 8-3 in Oakland to snap their 3-game winning streak as the A’s beat up returning starter Jason Vargas for 7 runs in 4.1 innings Saturday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum.
The A’s exploded for 8 runs in the 5th inning, putting the game out of reach. Meanwhile, Jon Lester comes home with a win in his first game for the A’s after Oakland acquired him at the trade deadline from Boston..
The loss drops Kansas City to 3 games over .500 at 56-53. The Royals fell to 5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Jason Vargas held the A’s scoreless for 4 innings in his return from an appendectomy on July 1st, but then imploded in the 5th inning to allow 7 runs. Overall, Vargas allowed 7 hits, 0 walks, and 7 earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Vargas earned the loss to go 8-5.
The A’s outburst came on a barrage of 6 singles after a leadoff double by Derek Norris, wrapped around a botched sacrifice bunt attempt that allowed the Royals to nab the lead runner in what had been a tight 1-0 game. At the time, the play looked significant. Vargas left the game down 5-1.
Aaron Crow relieved Vargas and walked Josh Donaldson to load the bases. Crow then gave up a single to Jonny Gomes, which ended up clearing the bases after Alex Gordon bobbled the ball in left. Crow went .1 innings, allowing 1 walk, 1 single, and 1 run (0 earned).
At the Plate
The Royals piled up 10 hits and 2 walks with only 3 runs, which was not enough to counteract the A’s 8-run 5th, despite the having 2 more baserunners than Oakland in the game.
Lorenzo Cain stroked 2 singles and a double to go 3-4 with 1 run scored.
Nori Aoki went 2-3, with 2 singles, 2 walks, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
No other Royals had more than 1 hit.
This and That
Despite trading Yoenis Cespedes on Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the A’s went ahead with a planned promotion where they gave away 10,000 T-shirts honoring Cespedes power that read “La Polencia”. The two-time home run derby champ moved to Boston in the Jon Lester deal.
Sam Fuld pulled off a spectacular double play in the top of the 4th inning. With Alex Gordon at 3rd base, Fuld caught Mike Moutakas’ liner to center and then nailed Gordon with a strong throw to the plate to complete an inning-ending double play.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
I have to go with Nori Aoki, who did his job as a leadoff hitter by getting on base 4 times with 2 singles and 2 walks.
- Butler – 5
- Jason Frasor
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian ColFon
- Raul Ibanez
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 6
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki – 3
- Salvador Perez – 6
- Jeremy Guthrie – 2
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 10
- Bruce Chen – 5
- James Shields – 9
- Yordano Ventura – 5
- Danny Duffy – 7
- Omar Infante – 4
- Mike Moustakas – 8 9-
- Alcides Escobar – 5
- Eric Hosmer – 12
- Michael Mariott
The A’s acquisitions at the trading deadline came up big in this game. Jon Lester pitched into the 7th inning allowing 3 runs to get the win. Sam Fuld went 1-4 with 1 run scored in the A’s 8-run rally in the 5th and a spectacular catch and throw double play in the 4th. Jonny Gomes went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored.
I guess there’s a reason the A’s have the best record in baseball—great player evaluation.
The Royals will finish their 3 game series in Oakland Sunday afternoon. Kansas City will send James Shields (9-6, 3.50 ERA) to the mound against Scott Kazmir (12-3, 2.37 ERA). Game time is 3:05 PM CST at the Oakland Coliseum.
|Nori Aoki RF-LF||3||1||2||1||2||0||5||.266||.335||.331||.666|
|Omar Infante 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.260||.302||.360||.662|
|Christian Colon PH-2B||2||0||1||1||0||0||2||.357||.357||.643||1.000|
|Salvador Perez DH||3||0||1||1||0||1||4||.272||.311||.414||.725|
|Billy Butler 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.264||.316||.356||.672|
|Alex Gordon LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.274||.351||.418||.770|
|Jarrod Dyson CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279||.332||.333||.665|
|Erik Kratz C||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.200||.227||.341||.568|
|Lorenzo Cain CF-RF||4||1||3||0||0||1||4||.303||.337||.418||.755|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.191||.258||.382||.640|
|Alcides Escobar SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.275||.309||.374||.684|
2B: A Gordon (28, off J Lester); L Cain (20, off J Lester).
SF: S Perez (1, off J Lester).
SH: O Infante (4, off J Lester).
TB: L Cain 4; A Gordon 2; N Aoki 2; S Perez; E Kratz; C Colon; A Escobar.
RBI: S Perez (40); N Aoki (18); C Colon (2).
2-out RBI: C Colon; N Aoki.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 3 for 10.
E: A Gordon (2).
|Sam Fuld CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.264||.356||.368||.724|
|Jed Lowrie SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.239||.319||.353||.672|
|Josh Donaldson 3B||3||1||0||1||1||1||4||.246||.331||.463||.793|
|Derek Norris C||4||0||2||0||0||2||4||.303||.402||.481||.883|
|Jonny Gomes LF||4||1||2||2||0||1||4||.239||.332||.357||.689|
|Stephen Vogt 1B||4||1||0||0||0||1||4||.333||.363||.503||.866|
|Alberto Callaspo DH||4||1||1||1||0||2||4||.232||.302||.302||.604|
|Josh Reddick RF||3||1||1||1||0||0||3||.253||.309||.410||.719|
|Nick Punto 2B||2||0||1||1||0||0||2||.207||.300||.279||.580|
|Eric Sogard PR-2B||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.198||.272||.236||.509|
2B: D Norris (14, off J Vargas).
TB: D Norris 3; J Gomes 2; J Reddick; A Callaspo; J Lowrie; S Fuld; N Punto.
RBI: J Gomes 2 (34); J Reddick (29); J Donaldson (77); J Lowrie (41); A Callaspo (34); N Punto (13).
2-out RBI: J Gomes 2.
Team LOB: 2.
With RISP: 7 for 10.
DP: 1. S Fuld-D Norris.
Outfield Assists: S Fuld (A Gordon at home plate).
|Jason Vargas, L (8-5)||4.1||7||7||7||0||5||0||3.69||75||47|
|Jon Lester, W (11-7)||6.2||9||3||3||1||3||0||2.59||104||71|