Bob Melvin rips team after A's get swept by Angels in four games

Bob Melvin tore into his team Sunday.
Bob Melvin tore into his team Sunday. (USATSI)

In a series that saw the Oakland Athletics outscored 18-4 by the Los Angeles Angels, the A's were swept in four games and fell to five games back in the AL West. Not surprisingly, A's skipper Bob Melvin was none-too-happy after Sunday's 8-1 loss.

Via sfgate.com:

“It was embarrassing, pathetic. We don’t play like that,” Melvin said after Oakland’s 8-1 loss, which completed a four-game sweep by the Angels. “We don’t play like that. The last three games here are the worst I’ve seen this team play in I don’t know how long. I feel bad for our fans to have to watch that.”

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“The reason that I’m upset is that is not who we are, that’s is not who we’ve been for three years,” Melvin said. “It’s mounted. It’s been frustrating. … They all should be embarrassed.”

Not only that, but Melvin reportedly "let his team have it" behind closed doors before meeting with the media.

The A's finish August with a 12-17 mark, after previously having a winning record in every full month of the season. They only scored 103 runs in the month, compared to 130-plus in April, May and June, respectively.

The A's still have a hold of the top AL wild-card spot with a month to go. They'll start a six-game homestand Monday against Seattle, with Houston being the other opponent. They do get one more crack at the Angels, which is a three-game series from Sept. 22-24 in Oakland.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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