Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin did not hold back after his team's 8-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels left the A's swept at the hands of their division rivals and headed into a precarious situation in September.
“It was embarrassing, pathetic. We don’t play like that,” Melvin said after Oakland’s 8-1 loss, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We don’t play like that. The last three games here are the worst I’ve seen this team play in I don’t know how long. I feel bad for our fans to have to watch that.”
Oakland was outscored 18-4 over the four-game sweep, and the A's are now five games back of the Angels in the American League West.
They still hold a firm, four-game lead for the first AL Wild Card slot. But Sunday's loss completed a brutal month for the A's, who finished only 12-17 in August. During the series against the Angels, they were also held without a run for a period of 29 consecutive innings. According to the paper, Melvin "let his team have it" in a closed-door meeting after Sunday's loss.
“The reason that I’m upset is that is not who we are, that’s is not who we’ve been for three years,” Melvin said. “It’s mounted. It’s been frustrating. … We all should be embarrassed.”
The A's have one more series left with the Angels, a three-game set Sept. 22-24 in Oakland.