Adam Rosales is making a case to be the new Hunter Pence. While I think the fact that Pence is an exact replica of Marv from Home Alone, Rosales’ home run sprints and bird-like batting stance make him pretty quirky.
Unfortunately, we got a look at his spastic home run routine as the A’s downed the Mariners for a third straight victory, bringing the M’s road record to 1-9 on the year.
Miranda Gets Rocked, de Jong Shines
Ariel Miranda is now 1-2 on the season after a rough go in his quick three inning start. He gave up seven hits, four earned runs, and two long balls before being relieved by Chase de Jong in the fourth.
De Jong, who was just recently called up to replace struggling Dan Altavilla, made the most of the opportunity, pitching four innings of one-run ball. As the Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton points out, this was likely a relieving change for de Jong, whose only other appearance with the MLB squad this year was giving up a walk-off homer to George Springer.
I just feel bad that it had to be in the Coliseum. Yuck.
Canó and Seager Do Work, Not Enough
The offense strung together a few runs, including some late offense, but it fizzled out before the damage could be undone. Robbie opened the scoring with his third home run of the year, and both he and Cruz are batting well above the Mendoza line after a slow start to the year. Cruz plated Mitch Haniger with a sac fly in the third.
Kyle Seager made a valiant effort near the end of the game with an RBI triple, but the A’s were able to hang on for the win.
It’s been a frustrating go on the road for the M’s so far. Robinson Canó addressed the struggles to the media after the game yesterday: “Sometimes you’re good at home, sometimes you’re bad on the road and sometimes you’re good on the road and sometimes you’re bad at home.I t was the same way last year. We just have to keep fighting.”
Martin Designated for Assignment
A struggling Leonys Martin was designated for assignment earlier today after two days on the bench. Chase de Jong, despite his redemptive performance, was also sent down in favor of a fresher arm in Chris Heston. Daniel Vogelbach joins the squad in Oakland today for his first MLB action after being designated near the end of a rough Spring for him. Danny Valencia has been struggling as well, but his ability to play in the outfield when necessary likely kept him on the roster.
The M’s look to end their road woes and take a game from the A’s today, Gallardo gets the start.