OAKLAND – The
The Orioles also received something they weren't anticipating and really don't want: another serious injury.
Reserve designated hitter
"I am really frustrated. I come back from the DL and I try to contribute to the team, but that happens," said Betemit, who was visibly upset and spoke with red eyes after the game. "It's frustrating. Everything is going good for us and this happens to me."
Betemit, who had hit .261 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 102 games, will have to wait for an official prognosis, but it's likely he is done for the season.
“Same symptoms as before. He’s really down,” said Orioles manager
Betemit wasn’t the only Oriole who dealt with pain on Friday night. Shortstop
After the game, Showalter said he wasn't aware of any additional injuries besides Betemit.
He was more concerned with the four double plays that the Orioles hit into, effectively wasting a solid start by lefty
"It was a really good defensive game, but I think the four double plays really kicked us," Showalter said.
The loss keeps the Orioles (81-63) in a first-place tie with the
There were no real surprises Friday. The Orioles had baseball’s best record in one-run games (27-7 heading into Friday), but the A’s have now won 14 of their last 17 decided by a run. Combined, the clubs have now played 72 one-run games.
"This is a good pitchers' ballpark, especially at night. I knew runs were going to be at a premium," said Saunders, who allowed three runs in six innings and is now 13-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 20 starts against the A's. "It was just one of those nights that it came up short."
Saunders allowed a two-run homer to Cespedes in the fourth and an RBI single by
"The pitch to Cespedes I think was a good pitch, you've got to tip your cap on that one," Saunders said. "He just muscled it up … I think that was the one thing that hurt me tonight."
“You got guys on base, the last thing you want to do is ground into a double play. And you got to credit their pitchers, they made good pitches on us,” said Orioles first baseman
The game’s first run was scored by Manny Machado, who dashed home on an error by third baseman
The Orioles also had a chance in the ninth against A’s closer
The expectation was that Chavez was brought into bunt, but instead he swung away and struck out. Showalter said he had a thin bullpen after Thursday’s 14-inning win, with only closer
"Our bullpen after yesterday, ties aren't going to play well for us, we have about one more bullet down there and it's Jimmy. So we approached it a little differently than we might have," Showalter said. "I don't follow the old adage about tie at home and [go for it] on the road, but where we were in the bullpen, extra-innings wouldn't have played well with us. They got a full boat down there [in the A's bullpen]."
Betemit normally would have been the pinch-hitter, but obviously was not available.
Reynolds flied out and then Avery attempted to steal with two outs and Davis batting, but he was thrown out to end a well-played game between two upstarts.
"Two good teams out there battling it out and we are both fighting for the same goal. And they made some good pitches, got us to square up some double plays," Reynolds said. "It's just frustrating. But it's just one day and we will try to get tomorrow."