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Recap: Rangers @ A’s Game 137

September 2, 2013

Wrap: Oakland 4, Texas 2. A’s 79-58 (1st Place, tie)

Welcome back to first place Oakland Athletics! The A’s keep on rolling, rolling, rolling and a 4-2 victory finally closed the game between them and the arch-enemy Rangers. There are 25 games remaining and may the best team win. This game’s drama was more in the replay booth than it was on the field. A good solid two hour 48 minute quick affair on the diamond with the home run review being the most dramatic part probably. No real standout performances from anyone in this ballgame just a nice solid win. Michael Choice made his MLB debut but the new standard for MLB debuts is Yasiel Puig, so his 0-for-2 with a walk was pure disappointment.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Derek Holland: Coco Crisp CF, Josh Donaldson 3B,  Jed Lowrie SS, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Nate Freiman 1B, Alberto Callaspo 2B, Chris Young RF, Kurt Suzuki C, Choice DH. 

The A’s bats didn’t do much but they did enough. Just four runs on six hits, with five walks. They did only K twice which was a nice change from the norm. Otherwise the 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position merely reflected how inadequate the A’s were in getting guys into scoring position as they left six stranded. Three of the four runs came on home runs (Cespedes’ 21st off of Holland in the 2nd and the key disputed one just at the base of the foul pole by Coco in the 5th, that broke the 2-2 tie and gave the A’s the two run cushion they’d win by). Only extra base hit aside from those two was Callaspo’s 20th double on the year. Not much cooking from the home nine at the plate.

The Pitching

Appearances: Dan Straily, Dan Otero, Brett Anderson, Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour.

A lot of pitchers to cobble this win together. Straily got the start and pitched passable baseball: five innings, two earned runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts all of the Rangers’ runs coming on a David Murphy two-run blast. Straily through 91 pitches which was awfully inefficient. His ERA for the game was 3.60 but it seemed much more like the 5.84 FIP as it was just a “meh” outing. Good enough for the win mind you. Otero threw an inning, walking one and allowing two hits to skate out of danger. Anderson in relief threw an inning and a third earning his first career hold, allowing a hit, walking one and K’ing two. Cook threw two-thirds of an inning allowing a hit and striking out one, before yielding to Balfour who pitched an imperfect ninth (hit and a walk) to finish the game and earn his 36th save. All around, sort of “meh” pitching performances.

Hero/Zero

No one stood out. That said Coco hit a home run (barely by any dimension) that broke up an otherwise tie game. That he did it to respond in the half inning following a Rangers tying of the game themselves made it even more sweet and for the Rangers faithful disspiriting I’m certain.

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