Recap: A’s @ Rangers Game 156
This one was over barely after it began. The Rangers scored five runs in the first and never looked back. The A’s made it look close and finished the game with a 9-7 loss and fell a game further back of the Rangers in the chase for the West crowd.
- Travis Blackley was the A’s problem in this one. His ERA now sits at 4.25 with his FIP at 4.06 following today’s miserable one-inning start that saw him throw 26 pitches, two of which were sent over the fence by Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli respectively, three more of which ended up as hits as a part of the five earned runs he allowed. He struck out none in his inning of work but didn’t walk anyone either.
- That outing set the stage for the bullpen to get a lot of work and the A’s A-team was not sent out for this one as Jim Miller took the reins first allowing two earned runs in two innings, on four hits while walking none and K’ing two. Jeremy Accardo took over for him also throwing two frames, and also allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking no one, but he only set down one on strikes. Pedro Figueroa, threw an inning allowing a hit and K’ing one, Jesse Chavez threw an inning allowing no hits and K’ing two, and then Pat Neshek closed it out with an inning of no hit, walk or strikeout baseball.
- The A’s put up seven runs on eleven hits, but that wasn’t enough so their 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position did in fact come back to bite them. The A’s took advantage of the long ball with six of their seven runs coming via the home run as Josh Reddick went deep twice (30 and 31 off of Matt Harrison and Mike Adams), Derek Norris homered (his sixth off Harrison) as did Yoenis Cespedes (his 22nd off of Adams) and Brandon Moss (his 20th off of Adams as well). Interestingly enough, Adams had allowed just one home run prior this year in 49 2/3 innings before allowing three tonight.
- Jonny Gomes also had a big day going 3-for-5 with a double and strikeout hitting second and playing left field. Lineup was a bit different as not only did Gomes start in left but Adam Rosales got the start at second base.