OAKLAND — There weren't a lot of positives for the A's Thursday night, but RHP J.B. Wendelken was certainly one of them. After being called up from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, Wendelken pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and matched a career high with three strikeouts.
Wendelken lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.04. Most importantly, he allowed Bob Melvin to rest his tired bullpen, setting the A's up nicely for the remainder of the series.
--- Khris Davis remains mired in a slump, after Thursday's 0-for-3 performance. Davis is 0 for his last 17 and 1 for his last 31. For the season, he is batting .248 with 39 home runs and 103 RBI. His next homer will give him three straight seasons with 40 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI.
--- Jed Lowrie recorded his 84th RBI of the season, which ranks second among Major League switch-hitters. His 21 home runs are tied for fifth among switch-hitters.
--- The A's fell to 17-9 in the month of August, second best in the American League behind the Red Sox. The A's have had a winning record in April, May, June, July, and August for just the sixth time since moving to Oakland (1971, 1972, 1990, 2003, 2013).
--- A's starting pitchers fell to 2-4 with a 5.44 ERA in their last nine games. They have lasted six innings or fewer in all nine contests.
--- Oakland is batting just .233 with 67 home runs at home this season, averaging fewer than four runs per game. On the road, the A's are batting .265 with 117 homers, averaging 5.5 runs per contest.
--- This was the first A's-Mariners game of the season that was decided by more than three runs. Oakland fell to 5-8 against Seattle, including a 3-4 mark at home.