If you're checking in to see if the A's pitching extended their amazing streak another night, I'll save you the trouble and just tell you they didn't. Buried early by Anderson's two-inning, six hit, four run effort, the streak comes to an end. Anderson left after apparently injuring his knee in the second inning; he would be allowed to finish the inning, but was pulled before the third.
The A's offense managed to hit two homeruns (Kouzmanoff and Barton), but they failed to score in the fourth inning with a runner on third and one out, as Suzuki (who had two of the eight hits for the A's tonight) led off the inning with a double. They also put on their usual teAse in the ninth, but great defense by Hamilton (what doesn't he do?) helped the Rangers put up another zero.
The Rangers recorded five infield hits tonight as they built their early lead, and the A's really had no chance to get back in the game, despite the best efforts of Boof Bonser, who gave the A's four innings from the bullpen (and gave up three runs in the process). Ziegler and Bailey threw an inning each, both scoreless.
Coco Crisp put up a 0-5 in the leadoff spot; only Suzuki and Davis had multiple hits on the night. The A's fall yet another game behind the Rangers and all but put the nail in the coffin of the season. The A's haven't played a big game well yet this season, and tonight was no exception.
We do it again tomorrow; expect a full crowd in Texas due to the concert after the game tomorrow night.
Rangers lead the series 1-0
WP: Tommy Hunter (11 - 2)
LP: Brett Anderson (3 - 5)
|3 - 7 loss|
|Sun 08/29||12:05 PM PDT|