There really isn’t any positive way to spin the first two outings for new A’s closer Jim Johnson. Through a combined one inning of work over two games, he has allowed five runs to score, recorded two losses and a blown save. He admits himself that the team should be 3-0 if not for him, instead they sit at 1-2.
To top it off, he has been pulled from both games and had to leave strong boos from his new home crowd, including a handful of fans yelling for him to “go back to Baltimore,” in the night-half of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
“Tonight I missed a couple locations,” Johnson told reporters following the game. “I don’t know. I mean, trust me, I left everything I had out there, and sometimes you don’t have answers. The only thing I can do is just keep trying to improve every time I go out and correct this as quickly as possible.
“I’ll try to sleep it off tonight. I’m not going to be doing anyone any favors if I hang my head. These guys are playing their butts off. I gotta be me, I gotta