A’s smallest crowd in 44 years sees Oakland fall to Diamondbacks

With a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, the Athletics continued their ignominious path to unwanted Major League Baseball history in front of their smallest home crowd in nearly 44 years.

There were only 2,064 spectators in attendance as Oakland continued its march toward finishing with the third-worst regular season since MLB's inception in 1876.

Since 1,037 fans were admitted to an A's home game against Texas on September 19, 1979, the announced attendance was the team's lowest.

A source told Bay Area News Group that the actual number of spectators was only close to 1,400 on Monday as Arizona's Geraldo Perdomo and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each hit two-run home runs to support Merrill Kelly's pitching.

Drew Rucinski, an A's starter, had his fourth straight bad start to start the season, dropping to 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in 18 innings.

Oakland's MLB-worst record fell to 9-34 as they dropped their third straight game and seventh in their last eight.

The 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20-134), the worst team in history, were the only team to finish with more than 120 losses in a season. The A's are currently on pace to go 34-128.

The only teams with a worse winning percentage over the course of an entire season than Oakland's.209 winning percentage were the terrible Spiders and the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys (23-113).

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