A’s waste a great effort by Frankie Montas, lose 4-1 to Rangers

Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas gave it his all pitching seven innings, here Montas is throwing against the Texas Rangers line up on Thu May 26, 2022 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s engaged in an extremely well-pitched contest Thursday night. Both starters, the A’s Frankie Montas and the Rangers’ Martin Perez, were at their best. Both pitchers went seven innings and allowed just one run. The game was won when the Rangers scored three times to beat the A’s 4-1.

The Rangers scored an unearned run in the top of the second. The Rangers’ Kole Calhoun singled to get things rolling. Former A’s catcher Jonah Heim reached safely on A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus’ throwing error. Montas walked Nate Lowe to load the bases. Montas struck out Brad Miller for the second out. Unfortunately, he walked Andy Ibanez, which allowed Calhoun to score the run.

The A’s Chad Pinder led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. He went to third on Sean Murphy’s double. Perez retired the next two A’s hitters. Elvis Andrus walked to load the bases. Pinder scored on Perez’s wild pitch. 

There was no more scoring until the top of the ninth. Montas gave the A’s a terrific performance. He went seven innings and allowed three hits and one run, unearned. Martin Perez matched his opponent’s performance.

Perez’s line was seven innings, four hits, and one run. It was up to each team’s bullpen to determine the winner of the game. The A’s Domingo Acevedo pitched a scoreless eighth. The Rangers’ Matt Bush held the Green and Gold scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

A’s manager Mark Kotsay brought in Lou Trivino to pitch the ninth. Trivino retired Calhoun for the first out. The next hitter, Jonah Heim, followed with a single. Texas sent in Eli White to pinch run for Heim.

White scored the Rangers’ second run of the game when Adolis Garcia doubled. Kotsay brought in lefty Sam Moll to face left-handed hitter Nate Lowe. The strategy failed as Lowe blasted a home run over the wall in right-field.

Moll recorded the next two outs, but the Rangers led 4-1 midway through the ninth. Joe Barlow was summoned from the Ranger bullpen to close out the game.

Tony Kemp, hitting for Sheldon Neuse, walked to start the ninth. Barlow got Luis Barrera, pinch-hitting for Christian Bethancourt, to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Elvis Andrus popped out to end the game. 

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s are now 19-28. The Rangers improved to 20-23

The winning pitcher was Matt Bush. Trivino took the loss. The line score for Oakland was one run, five hits, and one error. The Rangers’ line was four runs, six hits, and no errors. 

The A’s will send left Cole Irvin to the hill Friday night. The Rangers will counter with righty Jon Gray. The game will start at 6:40 pm.

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