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Game #153: Rangers Clinch Division On A's Field

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How far we have fallen, amiright? Not that long ago, it was the A's who clinched the West. It was exciting. Everyone was happy, game threads spanned six, seven even on a good day, And now we sit, watching Texas celebrate their October fortune, as we countdown to the end of another dismal A's season. Oh, and the A's were shutout tonight. If you'd like insult to injury, Kendall Graveman nearly threw a perfect game. It was a perfect seven innings. Until it wasn't.

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Obligatory congratulations to the Texas Rangers for winning the West. Yay, go Rangers.

So I'm not sure what exactly to say about this game. On one hand, it was actually quite riveting until the seventh inning; Graveman throwing a perfect game and the A's putting runners all over the bases, yet scoring nobody. With the score tied 0-0 in the seventh inning, things fell apart in short order for Graveman.

An infield single to lead off the seventh inning broke up the perfect game, but the single immediately following put runners at first and third with no outs. A ground-out by Beltran broke the scoreless tie, and a two-run home-run by Beltre put the game out of reach for the green and gold.

The A's soundly wasted their seven hits and three walks in this one, as they stranded a Healy single and a Davis walk in the first, and a Nunez single and a Pinder double in the second actually saw Nunez thrown out at the plate. A promising rally in the fourth was ended by a double-play, Chad Pinder had a great game, as he doubled in the fifth, but was thrown out at third with two outs on a fielder's choice.

The A's simply couldn't counter Texas' seventh inning and they lost. And watched as a Division Rival celebrate on their field. May 2016 be the last time we feel this.

The A's and Rangers play tomorrow at 1:05. Raul Alcantara pitches for the A's against Yu Darvish. If anything, that should be a win for the A's.