History repeated itself on Saturday night when the Athletics lost to the Seattle Mariners, 5-4 at T-Mobile Park.
The Mariners won it in walk-off fashion after A’s reliever Lou Trivino threw a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring Jarred Kelenic.
“I mean, it’s very frustrating,” Trivino said following the game. “Obviously, no disrespect to hitters, but it’s not like they beat me. I feel like I beat myself.”
The A’s were fresh off another wild-pitch-induced loss on Friday where the team had a combined five wild pitches. An Oakland record.
Two losses in a row by way of pitching miscues is rough.
“Anyone looking at the game could see I gave up that first hit -- that’s a good piece of hitting -- then I end up walking two people and then throw a wild pitch,” Trivino added. “That’s the thing that really angers me is that, getting beat, so to speak.”
Luis Torrens’ single to right field began the ninth-inning rally. He blamed himself for the walks.
"Hopefully it's coincidental," A's manager Bob Melvin said of the back-to-back wild-pitch losses. "[Trivino's] trying to start off-speed with [Mitch] Haniger, he's a pretty good fastball hitter. I don't second-guess the pitch selection obviously but just yanked it in a bad spot. It's a tough block that far out."
Starter Chris Bassitt struck out six batters in five innings and gave up five hits, and four earned runs on the night.
Despite a night that he defined as "trash," for his own performance on the mound, he still has faith in his bullpen. The same mentality he’s had all season.
“It’s July 24th,” Bassitt said. “It is what it is. Those guys have been so good for us all year. It doesn’t matter. It matters within the grand scheme of things with the standings and all that stuff, but yeah, anytime you have a high-leverage situation, those are the guys I trust.”