How the 2021 Oakland A’s got to 0-6, tying a franchise-worst start

A look at how the A’s have fallen to 0-6, the worst start for the franchise since the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916. Those Athletics under manager Connie Mack won their seventh game that season en route to a 36-117 finish.

The A’s have never started 0-7.

Thursday, April 1: Astros 8, A’s 1

Houston starter Zack Grienke gave up three hits in six innings and the A’s managed only six hits in all. Matt Chapman’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning provided the lone run. Opening Day starter Chris Bassitt gave up four hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Friday, April 2: Astros 9, A’s 5

The A’s were down just 6-5 going in to the top of the ninth inning, but the Astros scored three times off reliever Oakland Jake Diekman — two on a ground ball single that bounced off the glove of Elvis Andrus and another on a throwing error by Matt Chapman. Jesus Luzardo took the loss in his first start.

Saturday, April 3: Astros 9, A’s 1

Houston out-hit the A’s 13-3 and put the game away with a four-run ninth. Cole Irvin gave up seven hits and four earned runs in his first start for the A’s and the Astros touched up Reymin Guduan in the ninth. Yordan Álvarez was 3-for-5 with three RBIs including a fifth-inning homer off Lou Trivino.

Sunday, April 4: Astros 9, A’s 2

The A’s trailed 5-1 before the game was three innings old and starter Sean Manaea gave up six hits and five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Leadoff hitter Mark Canha provided what little offense there was against three Houston pitchers with a double, a triple and an RBI. Outfielder Ka’ai Tom pitched a scoreless ninth for a depleted bullpen to provide some comic relief.

Monday, April 5: Dodgers 10, A’s 3

The defending World Series champions were up 7-0 after three innings and the A’s were down 9-0 before scoring three times in the eighth inning. Starting pitcher Frankie Montas gave up seven earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Canha hit an eighth-inning home run for the A’s.

Tuesday, April 6: Dodgers 5, A’s 1

The A’s struck quickly off the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the first on doubles by Jed Lowrie and Ramon Laureano for their first lead of the season at 1-0. Then . . . nothing. Kershaw gave up just two more hits and struck out eight with no walks in seven innings.

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Author: Jerry McDonald

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