A look at how the A’s fell to 0-6, the worst start for the franchise since the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916. Those Athletics, under manager Connie Mack, won their seventh game this season on the way to one 36-117 finish.
The Houston starter Zack Grienke gave up three hits in six innings and the A only managed six hits. Matt Chapman’s sacrificial fly in the seventh inning made for the lonely run. Inaugural starter Chris Bassitt gave up four hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.
The A’s were only down 6-5 to reach the top of the ninth inning, but the Astros scored three hits ahead of Reliever Oakland’s Jake Diekman – two on a groundball single that ricocheted off Elvis Andrus’ glove and one another on a throwing error by Matt Chapman. Jesus Luzardo took the loss on his first start.
Houston prevailed 13: 3 against the A and ended the game with a ninth place in four runs. Cole Irvin gave up seven hits and four deserved runs on his first start for the A and the Astros improved Reymin Guduan in ninth. Yordan Álvarez was 3-5 with three RBIs, including a homer with a fifth inning ahead of Lou Trivino.
The A’s were down 5-1 before the game was three innings old, and starter Sean Manaea gave up six hits and five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. The lead-off batsman Mark Canha provided the minor offense against three Houston pitchers with a double, a triple and an RBI. Outfielder Ka’ai Tom threw a goalless ninth place for an exhausted bullpen to provide some comical relief.
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The World Series defending champion rose 7-0 after three innings and the A 9-0 before scoring three times in the eighth inning. Starting pitcher Frankie Montas gave up seven well-deserved runs with three walks and four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Canha hit a home run in the eighth inning for the A’s.
The A’s quickly faced Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in the lower part of the first doubles in doubles from Jed Lowrie and Ramon Laureano for their first lead of the season 1-0. Then. . . Nothing. Kershaw gave up just two more hits, hitting eight with no walks in seven innings.