Rumors are sending Frankie Montas away from Oakland in the coming weeks, and the Athletics pitcher has certainly gotten more eyes on him as he got off to a great start in a 2-1 losing cause against the Mariners. Seattle, Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum.
The 29-year-old right-hander went 0-0 until the eighth inning. That's when Adam Frazier and Luis Torrens joined the cushions with singles. Removed from the mound at the end of this turn at bat, Montas gave nothing more, he who walked two bases and made eight strikeouts.
However, the relievers have everything spoiled for the A's. Zach Jackson (1-2) gave up two free passes, then A.J. Puk did the same, in addition to allowing Dylan Moore to tie the game on an off-target shot.
With two men on base, Quebecer Abraham Toro had plenty of opportunity to put the Mariners in front. Another bad pitch from Puk sent Toro on the trails, while Jesse Winkler came in to score the winning point. The Longueuil native then stole second base, but the visitors' threat ended there.
Christian Bethancourt drove in the A's lone run on a first-inning single. From the second cushion, Sheldon Neuse was able to rally the plate.
Perfect on the mound in the last two innings, Diego Castillo (4-1) and Paul Sewald added a win and a save respectively.
The Dodgers double the Reds
At Great America Ball Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers enjoyed a good day at work from Freddie Freeman and Cody Bellinger to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 10-5.
The two players from the Californian club both drove in three runs. They also hit a home run each. Max Muncy and Will Smith also expelled the ball out of bounds in the winners.
On the mound, Clayton Kershaw (5-1) had a good outing. The starter allowed just one run on seven strikes from the safety net in six innings of work. The veteran also passed seven opposing batters in the mitt.
For the Reds, outfielder Tommy Pham drove in three runs on his 10th long ball of the season. The backhand was added to Gunner Hunter Greene's record (3-8).