The A’s have lost four of their last five, including an 8-6 setback to the Indians on Saturday. Oakland committed three errors in the loss, and its pitching staff walked 10 Cleveland batters.
“When you have 10 walks, you can’t expect to win games,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “I wouldn’t say this was a well-pitched major league game.”
In addition to its sloppy play, Oakland has been unable to take advantage of its scoring opportunities. The A’s are batting just .249 with runners in scoring position, the lowest figure in the AL.
“I don’t want guys up there trying too hard, but that’s what is happening right now,” Macha said. “But it’s still a little too early in the season to panic.”
Cleveland enjoyed a key hit Saturday from Jody Gerut, whose RBI single in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run. Gerut is emerging as one of the Indians’ most versatile players, with the ability to play all three outfield positions.
“Just call me a utility outfielder,” Gerut said after starting in center field on Saturday.
Cleveland has won three straight following a seven-game losing streak.