That wasn’t quite how anyone was hoping Daulton Jefferies’ debut would go.
The Oakland A’s right-hander got knocked around in his first appearance in the majors, and the Texas Rangers came out on top 5-2 in the first half of a Saturday doubleheader in Arlington.
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All of Texas’ scoring came in the 1st inning, as the Rangers batted around. One of Jefferies’ strengths in the minors was his ability to limit walks, but he issued a free pass to the first batter he faced and then another to the fourth batter. Rougned Odor followed with a three-run homer to cash in on both walks, and then another single and a homer by Ronald Guzman made it a five-run frame.
Jefferies settled down for a quick 2nd inning, and then the bullpen prevented the Rangers from reaching base again for the rest of the game, but the damage had been done. Jordan Weems struck out five of his nine batters in three perfect frames, and Lou Trivino tacked on another in the 6th.
Bob Melvin thinks Jefferies probably had some nerves going based on the fact he seldom walks batters, and walked two, and he might have been a little amped up and throwing changeup (two HRs) harder than he usually would.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 12, 2020
Oakland’s lineup wasn’t able to catch up to what Texas did in that 1st inning. They got one back in the 3rd thanks to hits by rookies Vimael Machin and Jonah Heim, and another in the 6th on an RBI double by Matt Olson, but they never really climbed their way back into serious contention.
Note: That’s a typo in the tweet below, this was not Heim’s first RBI.
What a bummer of a game overall. Immediately after finding out that Matt Chapman is out for the season, we then watched Jefferies get slammed in his highly anticipated debut. Fortunately, one bad game doesn’t bust a top prospect, so hopefully we’ll see Jefferies again soon for another try. And we only have to wait a few minutes for the next game, as the second half of the doubleheader is coming right up!