Luke has a ooops/whew start to his A’s career. Rich makes his A’s debut as well
It’s your 1st play for a new club and you hope it will be a good one. Not so for Luke Hughes who threw his 1st play into the dirt in front of Kila Ka’aihue at 1st for an error. Ooops!
Fortunately the very next hitter grounded down to Luke who threw to Weeks at 2nd to start a successful double play. Whew!
Then he made a crucial throwing error in the 9th allowing Chicago to load the bases.
Not the start with his new club that Luke would have wished for.
Rich Thompson then had to come on to clear up the mess. He had the 1st batter he faced fly out to SS but then errors [the scorer declared it a hit] behind him at 2nd allowed a run before he finished off the inning in his A’s debut.
Luke went 0-3 with 1K and two long fly balls, the 2nd one which would have been a home run in Target Field was easily taken in the cavernous centre field at the Coliseum.
There is every possibility that Luke will get plenty of time at 3rd according to the Manager Bob Melvin.
Melvin said he anticipates playing Hughes at third on a regular basis
“From what I understand, [Hughes] is a scrappy player, a guy who likes to play,” he said. “We’ll get him out there and get him in the fire right away.”
Final score was 4-0 to Chicago. Jake Peavy threw a complete 9 inning 3 hit shut out.