Royals Lose Getaway Finale, Series, in Oakland

Don't look back in anger. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

If the A's score eight runs on you... your pitching staff didn't have a great day. Continuing the low-strikeouts trend, Jeff Francis was impotent and ineffective, turning in a disaster start (3.1 IP 6 runs). Getting beat around by the A's isn't an encouraging sign for those who want to believe that Francis has some trade value, but I doubt that on a day to day basis there's much fluctuation. He's a) not injured (yet) which was the big thing and b) the market for him is already incredibly soft. Beyond Francis, Nate Adcock ate innings and Teaford rounded out the garbage time.

Strikeouts were not a problem for the A's, who got 16 Ks. Gio Gonzalez struck out 10 in six innings, and the bullpen picked up an additional six. Mitch had three strikeouts, Francoeur managed four.

The offense, eventually, despite ths strikeouts, turned in a nice game. However, Alcides Escobar's improbable hitting streak is over. After a nice beginning, Mike Moustakas has started to struggle.

The Royals now head to St. Louis, to play before the best fans in baseball.

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