After a somewhat disappointing road trip, the A’s returned home on Thursday night to face the struggling Rangers. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to get back on the horse after losing four of six, but atrocious pitching and sleepy hitting led to a good old fashioned dusting, with Texas prevailing 11-3.
A Hot Start
The A’s got off to as strong a start as they could have hoped for. After a scoreless top of the 1st, Oakland came up and managed to put three runs on the board; Ramón Laureano smoked a two-run single and Khris Davis brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Rangers starter Ariel Jurado showed visible frustration and the night seemed to be setting up perfectly for Oakland.
Out of Nowhere
Neither team scored again until the 5th inning. Brett Anderson, starting his first game since returning from paternity leave, had been cruising along, but Logan Forsythe led off the fifth with a single, then advanced to second on a single from Asdrubal Cabrera.
Although two runners were aboard, the inning didn’t have a very dangerous feel. The A’s had a three-run cushion and Anderson generally limits damage well. Nevertheless, Delino DeShields joined the hit parade, lining one into center and bringing in the Rangers’ first run. After that, the floodgates opened.
Texas scored four more runs in the 5th, with Danny Santana delivering the big blow, a two-run double. Anderson got the hook before the 5th was over, but things only got worse in the 6th. Lou Trivino and Wei-Chung Wang combined to allow a walk, a hit batsmen, two singles, and a grand slam (Santana again), allowing the Rangers to take a 10-3 lead when only minutes before the A’s seemed to have the game firmly in control.
Quietly Into the Night
The A’s went quietly after allowing the Rangers to open up a huge lead. In fact, the last hit recorded by Oakland was Josh Phegley’s single in the second inning. Jurado really settled in for the Rangers, pitching seven innings and allowing just three runs, all in the first inning. Taylor Guerrieri threw the last two innings for the Rangers, and despite struggling with his control was able to keep the A’s from putting any kind of rally together.
Back at it Tomorrow
The A’s and Rangers are back at it tomorrow with Lance Lynn and Daniel Mengden squaring off at the Coliseum. Can the ‘stache get the A’s back to their winning ways?