This afternoon, the A’s were competing with their division rival Texas Rangers with the series tied 1-1. Unfortunately for the A’s, however, Rangers’ pitcher Derek Holland was completely solid as the Rangers were able to defeat the Oakland A’s 4-0, giving them the series win. Pitching this afternoon for the A’s was A.J Griffin, who allowed four runs and two homers, but struck out seven players.
The Rangers got right into the action in the first inning, where Adrian Beltre singled a ball deep to left field, giving Ian Kinsler the opportunity to put his team on the board for the first time in the game. The Rangers led 1-0. In the bottom of the first, Holland had a 1-2-3 inning, a solid start.
In the second inning, the Rangers scored again thanks to Nelson Cruz who hit a homer to left field. That was the only hit of the top of the second for the A’s who made one error. In the bottom of the second, the A’s remained scoreless, and Holland ended the inning when he struck out Josh Reddick. The A’s failed to score against Holland, who once again, was on his game.
Up until the seventh inning, the score was the same. Griffin had a great third and fourth inning, and Holland had a great third inning, as they both retired the first three batters in order. The A’s never really seemed to get their offense going, as Holland almost never allowed a fourth batter in the same inning. It was a tough night offensively for the A’s, but not a bad night defensively.
In the seventh inning, the Rangers scored twice more. Mitch Moreland scored a home run to right field, and he and Craig Gentry were both able to score, making it 4-0. After that, Jerry Blevins relieved Griffin. From then on, the offense started to pick up a little bit, but the A’s still failed to get on the board and they lost 4-0.
Now, instead of leading the Rangers by four games, that division lead is back to three games. There’s plenty of time left in the season, of course, and the A’s are going to have to keep their distance from the Rangers, who have been hot as of late.