Jim Johnson accountable for rough start
New A's closer Jim Johnson is 0-2 during his team's 1-2 start. He's stepped up and taken full blame, saying the club should be 3-0 right now.
On Opening Day, he entered the game in the ninth inning of a 0-0 game and faced five batters. The result was one out recorded, two hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He ended up taking the loss after allowing the only two runs scored of the game.
Fast-forward to Wednesday in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader and things get worse. Johnson entered the game with a 4-3 A's lead. He would allow a pair of singles, a fielder's choice, a single, an intentional walk and a sacrifice fly before mercifully being removed from the game. The lead was blown and the A's ended up losing, 6-4.
So in two outings, Johnson is sporting a 45.00 ERA and has taken the loss twice. The A's are 1-2, too.
That's rough. Give Johnson credit for taking it on the chin in the locker room after Wednesday's debacle.
Jim Johnson says "we should be 3-0. I'll take the blame for that." #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 3, 2014
Not that this will endear him to any A's fans, but that's about all he can do now. What's done is done.
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