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Rapid Reaction: Athletics 9, Rangers 3

April, 29, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Tuesday, clinching the three-game series. They'll have a chance at a sweep -- something the Rangers did to them in Oakland last week -- on Wednesday. Some quick thoughts:

How it happened: Like the A's did to Yu Darvish on Monday, the disciplined A's hitters laid off Martin Perez's pitches outside the zone. On Tuesday, that was Perez's changeup, usually a swing-and-miss pitch for him that instead became a gaggle of balls as the A's avoided the pitch and waited on the fastball. Perez then threw too many of those up in the zone, and the A's didn't miss, collecting eight hits to drive in eight runs off him.

What it means: The A's are guaranteed to leave Arlington (and end April) in first place in the American League West. The question now is whether it will be a one-game lead or a three-game advantage.

Scoreless streak ends: Perez came into the game with 26 straight scoreless innings. The streak ended quickly as the A's scored twice in the first inning on a two-run double by catcher Derek Norris with two outs. Leonys Martin made a diving attempt on the hit, but couldn't get to it.

Two-out walks: All three walks for Perez were costly. Perez walked Yoenis Cespedes in the first with two outs, and he scored on Norris' double. In the fifth, two two-out walks ended Perez's night, the second a walk with the bases loaded to make it 5-1. Jason Frasor came in and he walked Craig Gentry with the bases loaded, then gave up a two-run single to give the A's an 8-1 lead.

ERA doubles: Perez came in fresh off two complete-game shutouts and sporting a 1.42 ERA. The eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings increased his ERA to 2.95.

Turning on the jets: Adrian Beltre did something he rarely does in the fourth inning: He scored from first on a double. Alex Rios hit a double that was out of the reach of Gentry at the wall in left and Beltre never stopped. He slid in safely at home with the Rangers' first run.

Wrong routes?: Michael Choice had a tough night in the field, taking some circuitous routes to fly balls in left off a few A's bats. That included a double by Josh Donaldson in the fourth that went off Choice's glove near the wall. It wasn't a routine play, but it looked as if Choice could have had it.

Briefly: Gentry, a former Ranger, singled to lead off the second inning in his first at-bat against his former team in Arlington. He later scored the third run of the game. … Alberto Callaspo made a heads-up play in the fourth, throwing home immediately on a ground ball by Martin to get Rios caught in a rundown. Rather than take the easy out at first, Callaspo prevented a run. … Dan Robertson made his major league debut, pinch running for Shin-Soo Choo in the seventh inning.

Up next: LHP Robbie Ross (1-1, 2.45 ERA) goes up against RHP Jesse Chavez (1-0, 2.32 ERA) in the final game of this three-games series at 7:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and 570 AM. This is the last game between Oakland and Texas until June 16, when the two teams play again in California.

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Dan Straily

May, 15, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers' Alexi Ogando and the Oakland Athletics' Dan Straily will face off in a battle of right-handers Wednesday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series. First pitch at the O.co Coliseum is 2:35 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.

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Ogando (3-2, 3.09 ERA): After starting the season 2-0, Ogando has one win in his past six starts, in large part because of a lack of run support. His 2.89 run support average is the lowest in the American League. … Ogando is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA over his past four outings, including three quality stats. … He received a no-decision Friday at Houston against the Astros, allowing two runs on five hits over 5⅔ innings in a 4-2 Rangers victory. … Ogando struggled with his command against Houston. He walked four, matching his career high, brought a run home with a wild pitch and threw a season-high 102 pitches with just 67 strikes. … In his career against the A's, Ogando is 0-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 15 appearances, including one start in which he took the loss on Sept. 10, 2011. He gave up five runs (three earned) and six hits over five innings of an 8-7 Rangers loss at Arlington. … Ogando struck out 10 in his season debut against Houston but has had five or fewer strikeouts in six straight outings.

Straily (1-1, 7.06 ERA): Straily will make his second straight start in place of injured left-hander Brett Anderson, who's on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. … Straily is coming off a rough outing Friday night against the Mariners in Seattle. He allowed six runs on six hits over five innings, taking the loss. He struck out four but also walked four, struggling with his command. … Straily had a no-decision in his only career start against Texas, last Sept. 24 at Rangers Ballpark. He allowed five hits, one home run and one earned run over 6⅔ innings, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-4 Rangers win. … Last season, before being called up by the A's, Straily struck out a combined 190 batters at Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento, the most of any minor league pitcher. ... Straily has been hurt by the long ball in the major leagues. In 2012 he allowed 11 home runs in just 39.1 innings. This season, he has allowed three home runs in 21⅔ innings. … Straily has allowed a .206 batting average against the first time through the lineup, but that average jumps to .242 the second time through and .389 the third.

Hitters: A's catcher John Jaso has only five career at-bats against Ogando, but he has four hits, including a triple. No other player on the A's 25-man roster has more than three at-bats against Ogando. Catcher Derek Norris is 1-for-3 with a home run. … The current Rangers are a combined 4-for-19 (.211) with no extra-base hits against Straily. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland are all 1-for-3.

Rapid Reaction: A's 4, Rangers 3

July, 18, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Hicks hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Oakland A’s to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum.

What it means: The Rangers, who blew a 3-1 lead in the seventh, missed a chance to sweep the two-game series. They’ll have an off day before they begin a big three-game series against the second-place Angels in Los Angeles. The Rangers are five games up, pending the Angels game Thursday night in Detroit.

Kirkman loses: Michael Kirkman entered in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning, but he didn’t get an out in the ninth. He gave up a homer to Hicks, who had just entered the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh. It was the first career homer for Hicks.

Lewis’ day: Colby Lewis had a very good outing in his first game back after spending three weeks on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his right forearm. Lewis gave up just one run in five innings, on Brandon Inge’s fifth-inning solo homer. Lewis was pulled after just 75 pitches. Lewis left the bases loaded in the fourth and had to face No. 3 hitter Josh Reddick with the potential go-ahead run at third in the fifth. Lewis struck him out.

Bullpen blows it: The Rangers had not blown a save since May 17, but that streak ended in familiar fashion. Reddick’s two-out, two-run double against Alexi Ogando in the seventh inning tied the game, 3-3. Reddick homered against Ogando for the Rangers’ last blown save.

Another streak also ended on Reddick’s hit. Inge, who had doubled off Robbie Ross to start the inning, scored, ending Ross’ scoreless streak at 24 innings.

Young clutch: Michael Young ran his hitting streak to six games with a big hit in the sixth inning. Young’s one-out single drove in Elvis Andrus with the tie-breaking run, chasing Travis Blackley out of the game.

Gentry stays hot: Craig Gentry continues to be one of the Rangers' best hitters, despite being tucked at the bottom of the order. With two outs and Brandon Snyder at first, Gentry yanked a double into the left-field corner, driving in Snyder with the first run of the game. Gentry is hitting .383 over his last 31 games.

Golden at third: Adrian Beltre, a three-time Gold Glove winner, made a few very nice plays. In the sixth inning, with Yoenis Cespedes at first and nobody out, Seth Smith hit a blooper into shallow center. The ball dropped between Ian Kinsler and Andrus, but Beltre hustled to second to cover the base, and he took a throw from Andrus to force Cespedes. An out later, he made a diving stop of a Derek Norris grounder to record the final out of the inning. In the seventh, the A’s had runners at first and second with no outs, Beltre charged in and made a sliding catch of Coco Crisp’s bunt. In the eighth, though, Beltre made a bad throw that allowed Norris to reach. It was Beltre’s first error since June 2.

Up Next: The Rangers have an off day before beginning a three-game series against the Angels in Los Angeles on Friday. The series opens with LHP Derek Holland (6-4, 4.57) facing RHP Jered Weaver (11-1, 2.26) at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW.

Yu Darvish is good but gets the loss

July, 1, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was Yu Darvish's last start at Ranger Ballpark before a weekend appearance in Minneapolis and maybe a trip to Kansas City for the July 10 All-Star game.

Sunday night, the rookie right-hander was at times dominant, gritty, and just plain good against the Oakland Athletics.

Yet he got his fifth loss of the season despite tying a season high with 11 strikeouts as the A's won 3-1 to avoid a four-game series sweep.

"He stayed in there seven innings. To me that’s the end," manager Ron Washington said. "He gave up three runs. Three runs against us, we feel pretty good. If he goes out there every night and gives up runs, and if three is the limit, I’d take it every time. Once again, we only put one run on the board and their pitching staff did a very good job."

Darvish (10-5) didn't have much trouble against the weak-hitting A's, who were last in the majors in hitting (.224) and had the third lowest on-base percentage (.302) in the big leagues coming into the game.

But he ran into trouble in the sixth inning.

In a 1-1 game, Darvish walked Coco Crisp to start the inning. A force play was followed by a strikeout of Josh Reddick for the second out.

A double by Yoenis Cespedes put runners at second and third. Darvish threw a pitch that catcher Yorvit Torrealba couldn't handle. Torrealba couldn't find the loose ball and the speedy Jemile Weeks scored the go-ahead run.

It was ruled a wild pitch, as it should have been, but it was really the only blemish on Darvish's ledger. He walked Seth Smith but got Derek Norris to strike out to end the inning.

"The double, I made a very good pitch," Darvish said. "Location was very good and he just hit it. He's just a very good hitter. After that the wild pitch that scored the run, that’s a very important at-bat where I have to give it my all. I just didn’t make my pitch and it was a wild pitch and it was unfortunate."

The Rangers' bats couldn't do much against the A's pitching and failed to pick up their All-Star final vote candidate.

"I didn’t see anything wrong with his command," Washington said. "He threw a couple of pitches that may have gotten out of the strike zone but (Travis) Blackley did too. So for the most part, he made them swing the bat. ... Ball got away from Torry, speed on third base (and) he cashed it in. Home run and a base hit scored a run. We only put one on the board."

An RBI single by Norris in the fifth tied the game at 1-1 but in the seventh the A's got some insurance when Brandon Moss homered to right for the 3-1 lead.

Darvish ended his evening throwing 105 pitches, 69 for strikes, and he allowed three earned runs on five hits to go along with three walks and one wild pitch.

"I felt good from the beginning," he said. "And I felt strong even until the end."



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182