Oakland – A’s starter Sean Manea went six points free and Padres starter Blake Snell conceded an A’s offense when the two starters went toe-to-toe last week. The script completely flipped on Tuesday, with the AK falling 8-1 to the San Diego Padres, without Fernando Tatis Jr.
It was clear that Mania was in for a rough day from the start, when Padres leadoff hitter Tommy Pham worked him to a nine-pitch at-bat, which ended with a solo home run, and Mania scored that first innings. Tossed 25 pitches in.
But a gruesome second innings proved to be the most damaging. The Padres scored three more off five singles – mostly of the watchable kind – in a 36-pitch innings that may have been amplified by some borderline calls by home plate umpire Paul Clemons. Manea made a comeback with a few short innings, but was out with one in the fifth inning after giving a double to Manny Machado. Reliever Deolis Guerra could not catch him, before Will Myers walks past Austin Nola for a two-run double.
Maneya’s five earned runs have been allowed since the Boston Red Sox scored seven in a two-inning outing at Fenway Park in May. This raised his ERA from an impressive 3.01 to 3.26.
Oakland went 0-for-13 with the runners in the scoring position against Snell, in which the curse of the loaded base struck again. The AK runners were in the scoring position when Machado couldn’t score the first goal off Josh Harrison’s sharp ground ball in third, Matt Chapman walked in and the two went on to double stakes. Elvis Andrus made a walk to load the bases of Mark Canha, whose fly ball was not deep enough to score Harrison from at least third. But Harrison tried – he was out of the house with the help of right fielder Myers for an innings-ending double play.
Starling Marte remained hot with his first home run as an athletic in the fifth inning. It was one of his three hits on Tuesday, which includes a double and a single. He now has eight hits with five stolen bases, one Tuesday, and three walks in five games with the A.
Birch Smith conceded two runs in the seventh inning in his first relief appearance since 27 July.