OAKLAND — There’s days where a pitcher’s final line doesn’t tell the whole story. Daniel Mengden had one of those days.
A quick glance at the A’s starter’s numbers in Saturday’s 8-3 loss to the Angels shows a rather ugly sight — six runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. But Mengden was the victim of some bad A’s defense at the Coliseum.
Leading off the game, Stephen Piscotty tried to dive for a low line drive by Zack Cozart. Piscotty was unable to make the catch, allowing the ball to roll past him to the right field wall for a triple instead of a probable single if Piscotty were to let it bounce in front of him. Mike Trout brought Cozart home with a double on the very next at-bat.
Khris Davis later missed on a diving attempt out in left field in to lead off the third, setting the table for a few more defensive woes. Bruce mishandled a pair of pitches that were ruled as wild pitches, one allowing Rene Rivera to move to third and the other letting Trout reach first base on a strikeout. With one out in the inning, Mengden appeared to induce Justin Upton into a double play ground ball to end the inning without any damage, but the ball bounced off Marcus Semien’s glove at short. He then was late on his throw to first, recording no outs and leading to two more Angels runs.
For as much frustration as there was on the defensive side, it was equally frustrating on offense.
The A’s were 3 for 6 with runners in scoring position, but they also left nine runners on base. Loading the bases with two outs in the seventh, Matt Olson represented the tying run down 7-3 at the time, but the slugger struck out to leave the runners stranded.
Stephen Piscotty picked up his first two RBIs as a member of the A’s, driving home two runs with a single to left field in the sixth. Matt Chapman followed that up with an RBI double to right.