Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.
A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.