Coming off a sterling season debut for the A’s, Jesse Hahn couldn’t summon the same form in his follow-up Saturday.
The Orioles jumped on the right-hander with a four-run third and saddled the A’s with a 5-2 loss in the finale of a day/night doubleheader at Camden Yards.
Hahn (1-1) walked four and surrendered five runs (four earned) over 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, the A’s could muster little against Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3), who hadn’t exhibited particularly sharp form before Saturday. Jimenez went eight innings and held the A’s to two runs despite allowing nine hits.
Hahn tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings a week ago against the Astros, mixing all of his pitches together effectively in an excellent outing. The going was rougher Saturday, and the A’s settled for a split of their first doubleheader in exactly two years. They played a twin bill against Seattle on May 7, 2014.
Starting pitching report
Hahn glided through the first two innings but found trouble in the third, when the Orioles commanded a 4-0 lead. Manny Machado doubled to the gap in right-center, just past the diving Josh Reddick, to put two runners in scoring position. Hyun-Soo Kim scored a run with a grounder. Adam Jones smacked a curve into center for an RBI single and then Chris Davis unloaded on a 2-2 changeup for a two-run homer that made it 4-0. That was more than enough for Jimenez on this night.
Andrew Triggs, called up before the game as the 26th player the A’s were allowed for the second game, struck out the side in a scoreless eighth. Fernando Rodriguez also was sharp over 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three.
At the plate
The bright spot for the A’s – Josh Reddick finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and went 7-for-9 combined in the doubleheader. The A’s scored twice in the fifth on Josh Phegley’s RBI single and Reddick’s run-scoring infield single that cut their deficit to 5-2.
In the field
A sloppy error led to an Orioles run in the fourth as first baseman Yonder Alonso made an errant flip to Hahn covering first on Ryan Flaherty’s dribbler to the right side.
This three-game series wraps on Sunday with Kendall Graveman (1-3, 4.40) matching up against Chris Tillman (3-1, 2.81). First pitch is 10:35 a.m.