Raburn talks about struggles
Ryan Raburn gets it. He’s frustrated, too. He was looking for better than this, especially after hitting six home runs in the first half of Spring Training.
He knows his history of strong second half numbers as well as anybody, but it doesn’t make it any easier for him.
“No, it’s not at all,” Raburn said, interrupting the question. “I felt so great early in the spring. Even in the beginning of the season, I felt great. I worked so hard to try to get off to a better start and everything, and just everything kind of snowballed. Like I said, it’s a long year. It’s a daily grind. Hopefully these last few games, hitting some balls hard, definitely can build on it. Mainly, hopefully, they start falling in.”
Hopefully, he said, his ninth-inning double is the start of the turnaround, even though his two strikeouts earlier felt like a continuation of the struggles.
“It’s an irritating routine I’ve had for the past few years, you know,” he said, “but it’s definitely something I’ve dealt with and gone through before. So it’s nothing new, just it’s not real fun. Like I said, you just keep battling and grinding it out, and eventually it’s going to click and hopefully today was the start of it.”
One thing that was noticeable: He stopped himself when he was about to use the word luck, then used a different term.
“I’ve hit some balls good,” he said, “just haven’t had much … the results haven’t quite been there.”
Raburn also drew the second of the three straight two-out walks from A’s pitchers that drove in the Tigers’ go-ahead run. The 1-for-3 outing raised his batting average to .135, about the same level where he has been every other day for the past week and a half. He’s just 12-for-89 on the season, five of them for doubles.