6-For-11 Vs. 2-For-12: Oaklands Loss To Seattle Was Painful

Fircoal UrbanContributor ISeptember 8, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 06:  Mark Ellis #14 of the Oakland Athletics in action against the Minnesota Twins during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 6, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The game today went worse than I expected. Instead of the easy win that I hoped that the A's would have gotten it turned into a game in which the A's were down by a large amount very early in the game. The game was filled with many what if moments were if the A's had came through or Seattle had not what would have happened. In the end the game basically came down to the differences with runners in scoring position.

When Seattle set themselves up in the 2nd they capitalized on it and made the A's have to catch up to them. Seattle had power with their lofty lead, they could afford to be relaxed while the A's now had a large lead to catch up with a lackluster offense. It clearly was pointing in Seattle's favor.

The sad part is the A's probably could have won had they have done something with the chances they got. The biggest example is the important first inning. They could have been the first one on the board as they had the bases loaded and Fister was in a jam. However Ellis lined a easy nice ball back to the pitcher which Fister was able to turn two on.

The 2nd, 5th, 6th and 9th were also filled with times in which some clutch hitting could have provided the A's with runs. In the 9th the A's were very disappointing as they had rallied for 3 runs with 2 outs only for Pennington to end the game a stroke within a win.

However that is common and that isn't the problem of this game. The problem is the fact that the A's had themselves set up for runs many times but never were able to pull though.

A's look at Seattle's 2nd inning and look at how they were able to build off of each other getting hit and hit in a row. A's next game, please capitalize on what you get started.