by Jerry Feitelberg
The A’s squared off against the Texas Rangers Tuesday night at the Coliseum in the battle for first place in the AL West division. Bartolo Colon was on the hill for the A’s but he did not go past the fifth inning again as the A’s lost to the Rangers 5-1. Colon’s record drops to 14-6 and he has not won since late July. The Rangers’ starter, left-handed pitcher Martin Perez went 7 innings allowed eight hits but just one run in winning his 9th game of the year. The Rangers are now in first place and the A’s are just a game behind. The game summary follows.
The A’s took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Coco Crisp doubled and then scored on a single by Yoenis Cespedes. The Rangers tied the score in the third on a home run off the bat of Mitch Moreland.
The Rangers scored three unearned runs in the fifth to take a 4-1. Bartolo Colon was charged with an error when he couldn’t handle a ball hit right back to him. The Rangers then put together a double and two singles to put the three runs on the board.
The Rangers’ Alex Rios hit his fourteenth home run of the year to start the eighth inning. Rangers now lead 5-1.
The A’s could do nothing against the Rangers bullpen and the final score was 5-1 in favor of Texas.
Game notes- Josh Donaldson made the defensive play of the year that will be a web gem for sure.
He made a great backhand catch of a foul ball while falling behind the tarp on the third base side of the diamond. Bob Melvin said “you won’t see a better play than that.” Melvin also commented that he took Colon out of the game after five inning as “he had thrown 80 plus pitches and took a ball off his hand.” He didn’t think Texas knocked Colon around but Colon hit 92 MPH on the radar game just once or twice. Most of his pitches were 87-89 MPH.
The A’s lost for just the third time in their last eleven games and snapped a four game winning streak.
Yoenis Cespedes was 2 for 4 and it was his third straight two hit game. Michael Choice recorded his first Major League hit.
The A’s play the Rangers again Wednesday at 12:35. Sonny Gray will be pitching for the A’s hoping to get his third win of the season and he will be opposed by the Rangers ace, Yu Darvish who has a record of 12-6.
The A’s recalled left handed pitcher Tommy Milone from Single-A Stockton and right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento. The A’s also selected right-handed pitcher Pat Neshek from Sacramento. To make room on the 40 man roster, the A’s designated lefty Hideki Okajima for assignment. Luke Montz , who was designated for assignment on Sunday, was released.
Attendance was 16,133