In the 17th game of spring training, the Oakland Athletics fell to the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Starting pitcher Dan Straily only allowed three hits and walked one, but Texas made the most of their opportunities to score four runs through his three innings of work, two of them unearned in the first following an error by shortstop Hiro Nakajima on a routine throw to first. The Rangers’1-4 hitters showed why the team will still be relevant without slugger Josh Hamilton in the lineup, and Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre each tallied an RBI to account for the four runs off of Straily.
Oakland had opportunities of their own but couldn’t cash in, leaving nine men on base while touching up Rangers starter Randy Wells for three hits and garnering five walks in his five innings on the mound. The A’s broke through in the fifth inning courtesy of a Josh Reddick solo home run. That was the only run they’d score until the bottom of the ninth, when Michael Taylor singled on a grounder to center field to score Grant Green, but at that point the game was all but over with two outs.
Jemile Weeks returned from a bone bruise in his right shoulder to go 0-for-2 as a designated hitter. In his absence Scott Sizemore hasn’t done much to wrap up the starting job at second base, as he’s gone 3-for-21 with nine strikeouts in spring training. Today he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, two of those times with the bases loaded. Sizemore is still working his way back from last year’s season-ending knee injury, but he’ll have to bring those numbers up if he wants to see regular playing time this year.
The A’s will face the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow, and they’ll be going up against former teammate Brandon McCarthy to start things off. Bartolo Colon will take the hill for the A’s, and we’ll be here with all the details.