Just like his start in Game 1 on Sunday, the fourth inning was Lance Lynn’s undoing tonight.
After holding the Giants hitless over the first three innings, Lynn allowed four runs in the top of the fourth inning before being pulled.
Lynn gave up singles to Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval to begin the inning before striking out Buster Posey for the first out. The next batter, Hunter Pence, hit a tapper right back at Lynn, but he made a wild throw which hit the second base bag and deflected into center field. Scutaro came around to score while Sandoval scampered over to third. Lynn got Brandon Belt to hit a soft liner to second base for the second out, but then walked Gregor Blanco to load the bases for Brandon Crawford, who delivered a two-run single through the middle. If that wasn’t bad enough, Barry Zito then wisely dropped a bunt down the third base line and beat it out for a hit to drive in the fourth run of the inning and end Lynn’s night. Seriously.
Joe Kelly replaced Lynn and struck out Angel Pagan swinging to avoid further damage, but the Giants currently hold a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.