A’s smallest crowd in 44 years sees Oakland fall to Diamondbacks

The A’s, playing in front of the smallest home crowd in nearly 44 years, continued their ignominious path to unwanted Major League Baseball history with a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night.

Just 2,064 fans were at the Coliseum as Oakland remained on pace to finish with the third-worst regular season since MLB began in 1876. The announced crowd was the A’s smallest for a home game fans were allowed to attend since drawing 1,037 against Texas on Sept. 19, 1979.

A source told Bay Area News Group there were just around 1,400 actual fans in attendance Monday as Arizona’s Geraldo Perdomo hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a two-run shot in the third to back Merrill Kelly’s pitching.

A’s starter Drew Rucinski had his fourth consecutive poor start to begin the season and fell to 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in 18 innings.

Oakland lost its third straight game and seventh in its last eight as its MLB-worst record dropped to 9-34. The A’s are now on pace to go 34-128 – there’s only been one team to finish with more than 120 defeats in a season, the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20-134), the worst team in history. Only the abysmal Spiders and the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys (23-113) had a worse winning percentage over a full season than Oakland’s .209 winning percentage.

A costly mental error on the bases during an eighth-inning rally epitomized how things are going for the A’s. After Jace Peterson’s leadoff home run pulled the A’s within 5-2, the A’s got the tying run at the plate with no outs following a Jordan Diaz walk and a Nick Allen single. Esteury Ruiz, the A’s hottest hitter lately, then popped out to shortstop in what turned out to be a double play as Diaz inexplicably was running on the play.

Brent Rooker’s fly ball to right with the bases loaded ended the A’s eighth-inning threat.

Former A’s reliever Andrew Chafin pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save after Kelly (4-3) struck out nine in seven-plus innings of work.

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