Strikeouts continue to plague A's hitters

Strikeouts continue to plague A's hitters

Strikeouts continue to plague A's hitters
KANSAS CITY -- The A's matched a not-so-good club record for the second time this season.

Oakland hitters struck out 12 times in Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the Royals, extending the team's streak of 10-strikeout games to four. That matches the longest such stretch in Oakland history originally set in June 2008 and matched just last month. The A's struck out a combined 35 times in last weekend's three-game series against the White Sox.

"We've had some high strikeout issues at times this year, especially since we have some guys who hit the ball out of the ballpark a little bit more," manager Bob Melvin said. "We are going to strike out our share, but we did have quite a few [Tuesday] from some guys that don't normally strike out that often."

Entering play on Wednesday, the A's led the American League in strikeouts with 966 and were on pace to break the single-season franchise mark of 1,226, also set in 2008.