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Can't stop thinking about that game...

5/12/2010

ARLINGTON -- I don't know about you, but that 7-6 loss in 13 innings is still floating around my brain. A few random thoughts after hearing from manager Ron Washington and the players after the game:

* You can bet that Washington and his staff learned from the miscommunication in the ninth surrounding whether to have Neftali Feliz up and warming to come in if the left-handed hitting Eric Chavez gets on to start the inning. Washington, pitching coach Mike Maddux (and even bench coach Jackie Moore) have to be on the same page there. For some reason they weren't. Washington said it was his fault for not telling Maddux to have Feliz ready. Like I said, they'll learn from it. Should Feliz have started the ninth inning no matter who was at the plate for the A's as the closer?

* As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don't think that David Murphy would have been hitting with a runner at third and two outs in the 12th if Dave Anderson hadn't sent Andres Blanco home. My bet is the A's would have intentionally walked Murphy to pitch to Ryan Garko, who was 2-for-27 coming into the game. Nothing against Garko, but I can understand Anderson rolling the dice and forcing the A's to make some good throws. And they did to get Blanco easily.

* Murphy is playing well enough that I'll be interested to see what the Rangers do to get him some more playing time when Nelson Cruz comes back. Do you consider giving Borbon some days off, moving Josh Hamilton to center and letting Murphy get in the lineup that way?

* Neftali Feliz didn't have it on Tuesday. He put the first four batters he faced on base to give up the lead and get the blown save. He's shown an ability to bounce back. He'll probably get to show that before this series is over.

* Andrus did a good job to get a bunt down with runners at first and second with no outs in the fifth. He did it on an 0-2 count. But as we discussed in yesterday's in-game chat and in the game thoughts entry, should Andrus have been bunting in that situation? He is hitting nearly .500 with runners in scoring position.

* Texas had four sacrifice bunts. That's the most by the Rangers in a game since four on July 23, 1997 against Baltimore in a 12-inning loss.

* Oakland had three blown saves and won the game anyway. The last team with three or more blown saves to win: Chicago White Sox on Sept. 14, 1998 at Detroit in a 17-16, 12-inning victory.

* The Rangers have lost seven times in the opponent's final at-bat this season and they've lost four times when leading after eight innings. They lost five times in that situation all of last season.

What are your thoughts on last night's game?