The Athletics suffered another close loss when they fell, 3-2, to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday at the Coliseum.
After scoring one run in the bottom of the ninth, the A's put runners on first and second with two outs, only to have Elvis Andrus ground out to end the game, leaving another runner in scoring position.
"Our potential is more than we're doing,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said after the disappointing loss.
The A’s went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the loss to the Indians, and overall this season, they are batting .222 with the bases loaded, ranked 25th in the league.
A’s designated hitter Mitch Moreland, fresh off the Injured List, doubled to drive in Matt Olson in the bottom of the first inning to get things going. But the veteran first baseman couldn’t put his finger on why the team is struggling to come through with runners in scoring position.
“I don’t know,” Moreland said. “All I can say is, you put yourself in those opportunities and we’re giving ourselves a good chance to win games. This fell on me a couple times these last couple days and not getting it done, but we keep getting guys out there, it’s going to happen.”
Moreland said the team is just dealing with one of those ruts right now.
Melvin had a difficult time pinpointing it as well.
“I think maybe sometimes you put a little pressure on yourself when you don’t come through and maybe it snowballs a little bit and gets contagious, but as long as we keep getting opportunities, we have quality hitters, and they’re going to come through," Melvin said. "We’ve just gone through a period here where we have not. I know our numbers haven’t looked great over the course of the season, but I’m confident that’ll pick up.”