OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jemile Weeks thinks keeping company with a bunch of old guys who have won a few world championships will rub off on the Oakland Athletics. He just hopes it happens sooner rather than later.
Weeks has hit safely in each of the two days the A's have honored their 1972 World Series championship team, though Oakland has lost both games, including a 5-1 setback to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
He spent most of his time talking with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and Cy Young Award winner Vida Blue, and he's sure being on their company will only help.
"It's good to be around a bunch of winners," Weeks said. "Those guys have a few World Series championships. It was nice to rub shoulders with them and shake hands. I hope it rubs off."
After winning three straight in Anaheim, the A's have retracted a bit.
"Coming off the games in Anaheim you would expect us to be a little more on offensively but we got bogged down here the last couple of games," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The root of it is guys trying to do too much with runners in scoring position. They put pressure on themselves."
A's starter Brandon McCarthy (0-3) thinks the offense will turn around sooner than later.
"The offense will be there," he said. "I'm making sure to get my 3 outs and hold the other guys to as few runs as possible. I haven't pitched well enough to win anyway."
Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and scored twice, Jeanmar Gomez pitched into the sixth inning for his first win of the season and the Indians extended their best road trip in more than 20 years with the win.
Cleveland is assured it will win its first three series on the road for the first time since 1988. Cleveland also improved to 7-1 on its current nine-game swing.
Cliff Pennington doubled and scored the only run for the A's. It's the sixth time in 16 games Oakland has been held to one run or fewer.