Game 40: A’s 9, Mariners 6

Well, I hope that’s the end of the Chase de Jong experiment for the next 50 years. He’s a talented young player, but at the end of the day, he’s a young player and the burden placed on him was obviously too much to handle. The M’s offense showed some firepower but the bullpen blew the lead late to hand Oakland the win.

Cishek Given Chance to Close, Doesn’t Close

In what was really the bullpen’s second tryout for the newly vacated closer role, Cishek wasn’t able to shut the door. Still fresh off the DL, Cishek may still be working to get back to form, and likely wasn’t fully prepared for the spot. He ended up giving up the go-ahead home run to Matt Joyce and blowing the save.”Our bullpen was thin tonight,” Scott Servais said. “Putting Cishek in that spot … it’s tough. He hasn’t been back here in a long time, but he’s been out there before. You’re just hoping you can get through it, and unfortunately, we just didn’t get the final three outs and put the nail in the coffin, because our guys really did battle after not really doing much the first six innings. So, it’s disappointing.”

Mark Canha’s three-run shot off of Rzepczynski put the nail in the coffin, as the M’s were unable to rally back in the bottom of the ninth.

DiPoto demoted de jong earlier today, bringing up recent acquisition Casey Lawrence, who was claimed off of waivers during the M’s latest road trip. De Jong has been, simply, really bad. His ERA stands at 7.40 with a 1.68 WHIP and K/9 and BB/9 ratios of 4.07. Awful across the board. The bullpen and the remaining starters have been adequate, but de Jong’s performances have furthered the challenges of a struggling team.

Seager is Waking Up

The bright spot of the last few games has been Kyle Seager, who has come to life with two homers in the last two games. He tends to do this; he’ll have a dismal April and then come to life in May and do what he’s doing right now. He’s hitting the same average through May as he did in April (.253 in April, .254 through last night’s game in May), but already has eight RBIs through May and  three long balls. With Cruz continuing to crush and Canó (when healthy) bringing consistent thunder, it’s a sign of good things to come for a team that needs help and soon.