Oakland A’s Matt Davidson moves on error vs. Kansas City Royals

OAKLAND – This wasn’t the way Matt Davidson wanted to introduce himself to A’s fans at the Coliseum.

Davidson, in his first home game since joining the A’s less than two weeks ago, made a couple of costly mistakes in the fifth inning of Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

After Bobby Witt Jr. singled to center to open the fifth inning, Davidson, starting at third base, couldn’t field a ground ball by Salvador Perez, putting runners on first and third base with no out. Witt later scored on a sacrifice fly as the Royals took a three-run lead.

Perez later scored from second base as a Michael A. Taylor pop-up to third base landed in between Davidson and shortstop Elvis Andrus. Davidson also failed to cleanly handle a ground ball hit to the left side by Whit Merrifield.

Overall, it was just a forgettable night for Davidson, who was signed by the A’s as a free agent on May 10 and selected from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 7.

“The game sucked, for sure,” Davidson said Saturday morning. “Especially being the new guy on the team and showing that. I’m pretty (upset) at myself, but that’s how baseball is. You play every day and sometimes you suck and sometimes you’re really good.”

Davidson wasn’t in the lineup Saturday as Jonah Bride took over third base. Friday was Davidson’s eighth game with Oakland. The A’s are 3-17 since May 25, and have made 17 errors in that time.

“It just sucks that we’re struggling a little bit and every little thing stands out,” Davidson said.

Regarding the play on Taylor’s pop-up, Davidson said, “That was just me not being aggressive enough. It was over me and it started fading a little bit, and that was just a bad play by me.

“It’s my job just to call that and take it. Doesn’t matter who you play with, you’ve got to take responsibility.”

PISCOTTY UPDATE: A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who hasn’t played since May 6 as he recovers from a left calf strain, will run the bases again Sunday and if he comes out healthy, will start a rehab assignment in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Kotsay said the A’s plan for him is to be a designated hitter and play right field.

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