Recap: A’s @ Rangers Game 153
Why does Tyson Ross have to touch a baseball for the A’s? Care of Ross’ “pitching” the A’s fall to the Rangers 5-4 in the opening game of their series in Arlington and fall to 86-67 a game and a half behind the wild card leading Orioles, just two games ahead of the Angels who seek to steal the second wild card spot from Oakland a much wider five games behind the Rangers they faced in the American League West race.
- I know there is talk that you can’t have a player on your team and then be afraid to use him. I don’t necessarily feel that is true when your roster is 35 players large. Bob Melvin isn’t afraid of using Ross but perhaps he should be? Ross now owns a 2-11 record and while pitcher W-L records tend to be meaningless his is sort of appropriate given he has pitched to a 6.50 ERA and 4.81 FIP, with a staggering 4.5 BB/9 and .360 BABIP among other ugly statistics. Tonight? Ross came in to the ninth inning with a tie game, walked one (an intentional walk to Josh Hamilton), allowed three hits and most importantly the game winning run on an Adrian Beltre walk-off single, getting just one out prior. Oh, and he balked too. Why this guy is given chances in the thick of a pennant race is beyond me. On a non-contender he might not even be a September call-up.
- On the other hand rookie starter Dan Straily did all that was asked of him and more going six and two-thirds innings allowing two runs (one earned), on five hits including a Hamilton home run, while walking two and striking out eight on 99 pitches, 58 for strikes leaving the game with the lead. Jerry Blevins and Pat Neshek came into blow the lead: Blevins walking the only batter he faced in Hamilton and then Neshek allowing a home run to the first batter he faced in Beltre.
- Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the Athletics. Donaldson’s being his eighth round-tripper on the season, a two-run blast coming off starter Derek Holland as did Cespedes’ HR his 21st on the year. For both players it came as a part of a 1-for-4 day.
- Only Athletics player with a multi-hit game was Cliff Pennington who got the start at second base and went 2-for-4 with two K’s. Pennington managed a double off of reliever Roy Oswalt his 18th on the season. He’s done better as of late raising his average to .222.