Source: San Francisco Chronicle
One pitch called a ball by home-plate umpire Tim McLelland made Oakland starter Jarrod Parker unhappy, and one pitch to Miguel Montero decided the game.
Parker thought he'd struck out Justin Upton on a 2-2 pitch in the fifth inning, with two batters on, but instead, the count was full, and Upton doubled in a run. After an intentional walk and a strikeout, Parker gave up a grand slam by Montero, and the A's fell 8-3 at Arizona against Parker's former team.
Parker called it "definitely frustrating," and A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected after the inning. "Just arguing," Melvin said, without being specific. Asked about the pitch to Upton, he said, "It doesn't make any difference now. Over the course of the game, it probably goes both ways."
"This game is crazy," A's catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "It kind of eats at you when he pitches so good and doesn't get rewarded."
Parker was working against the man he was traded for in December, Trevor Cahill, who mostly muffled the A's in his 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, three walks and two runs.
"He worked down in the zone, didn't leave many up," said his longtime catcher, Suzuki. "That's the good Trevor."
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