A's being patient amid struggles for Crisp

A's being patient amid struggles for Crisp

OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp's defensive miscue that led to three unearned Yankees runs in Friday's loss came during a frustrating set of struggles at the plate for the outfielder.

Since being reinstated from the disabled list Monday, Crisp entered Saturday with just one hit in 17 at-bats. On the season, he was hitting .167 with no home runs and five RBIs, contributing to the A's overall woes. They rank last in the Majors with a .210 average.

"I feel good up there," Crisp said. "It's definitely a grind mentally more so than physically. I just try to keep on going out there and give 100 percent and, hopefully, turn a corner. We're out here working -- we all are. We're doing a good job of pushing and grinding, before and during the games, which makes it that much harder when you're not succeeding."

"I'm sure he'd like to get a few more hits, but it takes a little time sometimes," manager Bob Melvin said. "It looks like he'll have a good at-bat, and then one that's not so good. We feel like, any time now, he'll get a few hits and be on his way."

The performances of Crisp and fellow table setter Jemile Weeks are vital to the team's production, with team RBI leader Josh Reddick (25) taking swings behind them. Weeks, like Crisp, is also mired in a slump, going 4-for-27 over his last seven games.