Texas is becoming a pesky trap-game opponent
The Oakland A’s mounted the comeback they were looking for in the bottom of the 9th inning on Tuesday, but unfortunately it was too little too late.
The A’s found themselves down three runs in the final frame and slugged two solo homers, which weren’t quite enough to catch the Texas Rangers in a 5-4 final in their series opener at the Coliseum. Making the result more frustrating was that the Rangers themselves had scored two insurance runs in the top of the 9th, which turned out to make the difference.
The pitching side featured a rematch of starters James Kaprielian and Mike Foltynewicz, who faced each other last week in Arlington, and once again they were both quality. However, Folty got the better end of the duel this time, and by the end of six innings Texas led 3-2.
Oakland’s bullpen kept it close until the top of the 9th, but reliever Domingo Acevedo served up a two-run homer. Suddenly the Rangers had a cushion to work with, up three runs instead of just one, and it came in handy right away in the bottom of the inning. Jed Lowrie and Mitch Moreland both launched dingers, and without the extra runs in the top of the 9th, they could have been game-tying and walk-off blasts by the A’s veteran hitters. Instead, it was an artistic reenactment of 2002 ALDS Game 5.
More details coming, probably, including highlights and stuff. Dunno, it took me two hours of staring at the screen just to put this together. Keep hitting refresh though!