ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Jason Hammel portion of the A's July 4 blockbuster trade with the Chicago Cubs has yet to produce any wins for Oakland.
Hammel fell to 0-3 in three starts with Oakland in taking a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday in Globe Life Park. He was 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA while pitching for Chicago and had three consecutive starts of allowing just two runs at the time the deal came down.
Since then, however, the right-hander, packaged with fellow starter Jeff Samardzija by the Cubs with the A's giving up minor leaguers Addison Russell, Dan Straily and Billy McKinney, continues to struggle to find his bearings.
Hammel gave up single runs in the second and third inning Friday, then held the game there until the A's could get him a run, which they did on an RBI single from Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth inning.
As soon as that happened, however, Hammel opened the bottom of the sixth by putting the first three men of the inning on base. Two singles, a walk and a throwing error on Cespedes in center chased two more men home.
Hammel was lifted from the game after going 5? 2/3 innings, making for his greatest duration for the A's. But he gave up seven hits and four runs (three earned).
The A's, now 63-39 and still in first place in the AL West, sent lefty Tommy Milone down to the minor leagues to make room on the roster shortly after the trade that brought Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland. Milone was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over his previous 11 starts at the time, and that kind of performance has to look good to the A's about now.
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