Ham­mel strug­gles as A’s beaten by Braves 7-2

The Covington News - - WORLD -

AT­LANTA (AP) — Ja­son Ham­mel seemed to be gain­ing mo­men­tum in the Oak­land ro­ta­tion.

An ugly step back led to ques­tions about his spot in it.

Ham­mel gave up five runs while record­ing only nine outs and the Oak­land Ath­let­ics’ mini-slide con­tin­ued with a 7-2 loss to the At­lanta Braves on Fri­day night.

Ham­mel (1-5) al­lowed five runs and six hits, in­clud­ing three homers, in three in­nings. He was pulled af­ter walk­ing B.J. Up­ton to open the fourth.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s not ac­cept­able,” Ham­mel said.

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