The Athletics found themselves in a familiar situation on Friday night, down 5 runs after seven innings. It would become the second consecutive game they would find their bats late, but unlike Thursday, they managed to capture victory by the grasp.
After putting together just two hits through the first seven innings, support from Mark Canha and Brett Lawrie, powered the A’s in a rally to defeat the Rangers in Arlington 7-5 in the opening game of a three-game set, and a ten-game road trip. In total, 10 Athletic’s hitters battled against 3 Texas relievers after Canha launched his home run on the first pitch of the eighth inning. Lawrie dueled with Neftali Feliz for nine pitches before lining a two-run double to ultimately give the A’s the lead.
The drama surrounding Lawrie also continued Friday night, as a checked swing on a 2-2 count caused a ruckus from the Rangers dugout. The Rangers appealed the ruling, but first base umpire Jordan Baker ruled there was no swing. Feliz disagreed stating, “I saw the video. He swung the bat. He was out.”
On the mound for the A’s, starter Scott Kazmir grabbed his fifth quality start in as many tries. Pitching six innings, Kazmir allowed three runs on six hits, two of them home runs to Rangers’ Kyle Blanks and Prince Fielder. He struck out six and walked one.
Up next for the A’s is the red hot Rangers starter Nick Martinez. With a record of 2-0 and an ERA of 0.35, Martinez has been one of the American League’s hottest pitchers from the starting gate. Drew Pomeranz will take the hill for Oakland.
- Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick increased his current hit streak to nine games, tying a career high. Texas’ Elvis Andrus increased his to seven games. Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is off the schnide, snapping a streak of 21 at-bats without a hit.
- Coco Crisp has yet to play in a game during the 2015 campaign since having surgery on his elbow back in April. Currently on a rehab assignment in Class A Stockton, and scheduled to play in games this weekend, manager Bob Melvin said there is a possibility Crisp could join the team on its current road trip.