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A’s lose 10th straight opener, set major league record

Apr 1, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

Asdrubal Cabrera, John Jaso AP

The A’s have certainly been a rather successful franchise the last 10 years, going to three postseasons and never losing more than 88 games. While the timeframe doesn’t include their extremely successful 2000-03 run, they’re still 45 games over .500 since the beginning of 2005.

It just doesn’t happen for them on Opening Day.

On Monday, they lost their 10th straight opener, dropping a 2-0 game to the Indians. They’re the first franchise in major league history to take a loss in their first game 10 consecutive years.

Tonight’s game, a pitcher’s duel between Sonny Gray and Justin Masterson, was scoreless in the eighth, when Josh Donaldson hit a ball off the very top of the wall in center field. Three inches more and it would have been a homer. Instead, it was one of the longest singles in history (just to the right of the 400 foot sign at the Coliseum), as the runners on first and second returned to the bag to tag up and advanced only one base. Cody Allen then pitched out of the bases-loaded jam, striking out Jed Lowrie and inducing a grounder from Brandon Moss.

A’s closer Jim Johnson went on to take the loss in the ninth after retiring just one of the five batters he faced.

The last time  the A’s won an opener was 2004 against the Rangers. Tim Hudson started that game for Oakland, and Eric Byrnes had the big hit in the bottom of the eighth, turning a one-run deficit into a lead with a two-run double.

  1. tablescrappy - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    1. It’s the Coliseum.

    2. It wasn’t runnerS. It was Daric @#*^@ Barton, who must have compromising pics of Billy Beane to still have a big league job.

  2. renaado - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Truly an awesome pitching duel by both teams. Hats off to both Gray and Masterson by their performance.

  3. syphermce - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    So after the very bad trade in the offseason of Jim Johnson for basically a bag of baseballs, Johnson is 0-1 and Tommy Hunter has 1 save to start the season. Not saying it will last, just kinda funny how things have started out for both teams (O’s and A’s).

  4. Francisco (FC) - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Clearly they should have resigned Tim Hudson and made him their opening day starter

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    O’s fans when JJ was traded for essentially nothing: “WTF Angelos/Duke?!”

    O’s fans after watching Hunter save a 1 run game last night and Johnson blowing a save in his first attempt: “Great move Angelos/Duke!”

    • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      I mean, let’s not take this *too* far, okay? It wasn’t like Tommy Hunter was lights-out yesterday. Actually, he did his best Jim Johnson impression, but was able to lock it up.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Difference is that Tommy Hunter is actually capable of striking guys out when he has runners on (final out last night as an example). JJ is a pitch to contact guy, which should NEVER be what you want in a closer. Tommy did give up a hit and nailed Middlebrooks but I’ll pass it off as nerves, given it was the first save of his career.

  6. scatterbrian - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I didn’t see a 400 ft. sign when I visited the Colosseum (wouldn’t they use the metric system?) but that is indeed one long single. Barton really should have scored from second.

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