Well, James Paxton, it was good while it lasted. After a 2-0 start with a 0.00 ERA, Paxton only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up nine hits and five earned runs, but ended with a no decision. He did post eight strikeouts, but wasn’t his dominant self in the M’s loss.
Taylor Motter is Still Beautiful
I’m officially a follower of Taylor Motter’s hair on Twitter. He’s got a new home run celebration with Robinson Canó, in which Motter flips his beautiful cabello and Robbie flips his head back the same way. I’m telling you, he’s one ESPN Top 10 appearance away from a shampoo endorsement deal.
Motter continues to produce, ending with a double and long ball in last night’s game, driving in two runs. He’s posted a .282 average and an OPS of 1.067. That will obviously flatten out as the season goes on, but it shows just how solid he’s been to begin the season.
Canó drove in two as well, bringing his total to twelve on the year. In the end, it was enough run support for the Mariner pitching, which wasn’t in tip-top shape last night.
Paxton’s Impressive Streak Ends, Altavilla Sent to Tacoma
James Paxton has been the M’s ace so far this season, but the A’s came ready to swing on Thursday night. Paxton told Greg Johns “They came out swinging. They came out to hit the fastball. I think that was their plan against me. That’s what made it tough, not having that offspeed pitch for a strike today. They were taking that and if I had been able to get it over, it would have been a different ballgame.”
Paxton’s flaming fastball is a necessity for his style of pitching, and the A’s certainly counted on a few fastballs over the plate and took advantage.
Evan Scribner only allowed one run but was saddled with the loss. Dan Altavilla gave up a three-run jack to Trevor Plouffe, which sealed the win for Oakland and seemed to be the last straw for Altavilla this time around. Today, the M’s optioned Altavilla to AAA Tacoma and called up Chase de Jong to the bullpen. Altavilla will likely be back sooner than later, he’s just got a few wrinkles to take care of.
Segura Makes First Rehab Start
As things get underway in Oakland, Jean Segura finds himself making his first rehab start with the M’s AA affiliate Arkansas Travelers. Through three at-bats, he hasn’t recorded a hit, playing DH and batting leadoff.
The M’s face Oakland again today, Kuma gets the start.