The Oakland Athletics are struggling with fielding errors at an alarming rate.

In a 9-0 loss to the Boston Oakland Red Sox on Monday night, the A’s committed five errors within the first three innings, marking the first time in 29 years that a team has accumulated at least 13 fielding miscues in the opening five games of the season.

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Manager Kotsay expressed frustration, stating, “I wish I had an answer for the defense right now. They’re going to have to get better. That’s just all there is to it.” He admitted surprise at the team’s defensive performance, emphasizing the need for improvement moving forward.

The errors began early in the game, with catcher Shea Langeliers making a wayward throw into center field during a stolen base attempt. Two more errors followed in the second inning, including a dropped ball by center fielder JJ Bleday and a misplaced throw by right fielder Lawrence Butler. The trend continued in the third inning, with additional errors by first baseman Ryan Noda and starter Joe Boyle.

Kotsay acknowledged the team’s struggles, remarking, “We couldn’t get out of our way the first three innings.”

The A’s became the first team in seven years to commit at least five errors within the first three innings of a game. Their defensive woes extend throughout the season’s opening games, with 13 errors total, the highest in the first five games since 1995.

Kotsay addressed the team before the game regarding the defensive challenges and emphasized the need for extra practice sessions. Despite the disappointing performance, he remains hopeful for improvement in the upcoming games.

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