Oakland A’s Friday post game wrap: Alcantara, A’s Battered Around By Rangers in 10-5 Loss

April 7, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

.Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien prepares to field a grounder by Texas Rangers’ Mike Napoli, who was out at first during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

By Matthew Harrington

All the work the Oakland A’s Raul Alcantara did in spring training to win the fifth starter spot was seemingly undone in one start Friday night on Arlington. The Texas Rangers walloped Alcantara for 8 runs over two innings of work in the rookie’s sixth career start, winding up the loser in 10-5 drubbing.

Nomar Mazara knocked in six Rangers runs and Rougned Odor launched a two-run homer to boost the hometeam. Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, Kris Davis launched his third blast of the season and Yonder Alonso knocked in a run.

Carlos Gomez welcomed Alcantara (0-1, 36.00 ERA) to the game with a leadoff double. Shin-Soo Choo moved Gomez over to third, and Mazara brought him home on a fielder’s choice at home. The A’s challenged the call of safe, but it was upheld, leading to a run in and a runner on board. Odor took a high and inside offering deep to score himself and Mazara for a 3-0 lead.

The Rangers jumped on Alcantara again in the second, with Texas loading the bases with one out. Choo singled in a run, leaving the bases loaded for Mazara. Mazara would loft a grand slam, his 2nd homer of the year for a 8-0 lead. Alcantara would eventually escape the inning without more damage.

A’s picked up a trio of runs in the top of the inning off starter AJ Griffin after Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien reached base with one out. Rajai Davis struck out, but offseason acquisition Joyce launched a three-run homer off Griffin’s 88 mile-per-hour fastball to bring the score to 8-3.

Kris Davis led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to cut the advantage in half 8-4. Griffin would exit the game later in the inning with an injury, giving Alex Romano (1-0, 0.00) the easiest win of his career after not meeting the innings pitched criteria to be awarded the W.

Jesse Hahn took over for Alcantara to start the third inning and provided quality relief. After missing out on the fourth and fifth starters spots to Andrew Triggs and Alcantara, Hahn restated his case with six innings of two-run relief. The only blemishes were an RBI double to Gomez and Mazara’s sixth run batted in both coming in the sixth inning.

The A’s tacked in a run in the top of the ninth on an Alonso double, but it was too little, too late for the Green and Gold. Opening Day starters will square off Saturday with Yu Darvish taking the hill for Texas and Kendall Graveman on the bump for Oakland. Neither starter had given up a run yet this season


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