Recap: Rangers @ A’s Game 57
A’s take a lead in the series with the Rangers with a 2-0 win tonight. Nice to see Oakland keeping up with the big boys, as the Rangers have proven a difficult competitor in recent years and have seemingly played the A’s extremely well. Win improves Oakland to 25-32 on the season while the Rangers fall to 33-24. The game was the American League’s fastest of 2012 clocking in at a quick two hours and four minutes.
- As is the case in any 2-0 win the pitching is the story and Bartolo Colon was the star for the Athletics in this one. Colon went eight innings, with an efficient 100 pitches with an amazing 77 crossing the plate as strikes. He only allowed five hits, while walking one and striking out five. Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save of the season, managing to add one strikeout to his total in the process.
- Fortunately Colon kept the A’s in the game and the offense had to do very little because very little is what they did. Against Rangers start Colby Lewis who pitched a complete game, they managed just six hits, striking out three times while not drawing a single walk. All the runs Oakland would need came in the second inning as a Brandon Inge single scored Yoenis Cespedes who got on with a leadoff double. In the fourth inning the A’s would tack on their second run after a leadoff double from Josh Reddick followed by a Cespedes single to plate him and give the clubs their final score at 2-0.
- Brandon Moss made his Oakland debut, going 0-for-3 before being replaced by Adam Rosales. He hit seventh in a lineup that again featured Coco Crisp hitting second. Crisp continued his 2012 storyline of offering little to nothing, by going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the number two spot.
- Cespedes was the offensive star playing a role in both runs as a part of his 3-for-3 night. The other A’s combined for a 3-for-26 evening.