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A's Learn That Two Runs Against Rangers Are Never Enough

Wouldn't be the only head-swivel of the inning.
Wouldn't be the only head-swivel of the inning.

Well, just when we think we might have ourselves a ballgame (it looked like a Kershaw/Lincecum game for a while there), one piece of the puzzle doesn't quite work, and it turns out to be just another loss. And, of course, the problem with recording just five hits and two runs is that there is no room for error. Despite how well Brandon McCarthy pitched tonight (and really, has pitched all season; what a disservice this offense has done for him), the A's offense couldn't get him his 10th win. The only run McCarthy allowed was scored on a double-play, and despite leaving after seven innings with a 2-1 lead, he came out with a no-decision.

Texas started the second inning with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners. A run scored on the subsequent double-play, but McCarthy was otherwise masterful. The A's scored both of their runs in the fifth inning; Pennington doubled with one out, Suzuki struck out (surprise, surprise), and Pennington stole third. Brandon Allen singled him in, Michael Taylor walked to move Allen to second, and Weeks singled Allen in. The 2-1 game looked pretty good until Balfour came into the game in the eighth. One batter and seven pitches later, the game was tied at 2, as Kinsler homered. Two batters later, Josh Hamilton homered to give Texas a lead they would not relinquish.

The A's put a runner on in the ninth (a walk to Willingham), but couldn't tie the game, and they have one more game at noon tomorrow to end the homestand with a win. We're sorry, McCarthy and the Mrs.

Current Series

Rangers lead the series 2-0

Tue 09/20 WP: Derek Holland (15 - 5)
LP: Rich Harden (4 - 4)
2 - 7 loss
Wed 09/21 WP: Koji Uehara (2 - 3)
SV: Neftali Feliz
LP: Grant Balfour (4 - 2)
2 - 3 loss

Texas Rangers
@ Oakland Athletics

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011, 12:35 PM PDT Coliseum

Colby Lewis vs Trevor Cahill

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

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