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Postgame thoughts on A’s 7-6 loss to Rangers — should Tyson Ross’ night have ended so soon?

You could stage a pretty healthy debate regarding the fifth inning of the A’s 7-6 defeat Thursday. That’s when the Rangers took control by scoring four runs that turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead. Looking back, A’s starter Tyson Ross did not have his best stuff, and he deserves blame for putting the first three runners on that inning to begin Texas’ rally. But A’s manager Bob Melvin also showed a pretty quick hook in pulling Ross at that point and going with Jim Miller. Hindsight is 20/20, right? It’s easy to look back and second-guess the decision after watching Miller walk two guys to force in a run and then surrender a two-run go-ahead single to David Murphy. But it’s also true that the wheels weren’t coming off for Ross at that point. He allowed a walk and two singles to begin the inning, but the second hit was an infield job by Elvis Andrus. “I just felt at that time that we needed someone else in the game,” Melvin said. “It just didn’t look like his stuff was getting better, it was going downhill a little bit.”

That’s fair analysis. If anything, Melvin’s pitching change at that point showed that Ross hasn’t quite earned the full confidence of his manager. Melvin acknowledges the progress Ross has made. His slider is becoming more of a weapon. He struck out Murphy with a slider in the fourth, showing that he knows how to get lefties out, which has been a weakness for him. But Ross also needs to get more consistent, period. He has to avoid putting so many runners on base, and show that he can avoid the threat of a big inning that prompts his manager to consider giving him the hook. At any rate, with the injuries in the A’s rotation, Ross should get at least a couple more opportunities to show he’s making strides in the right direction. …

A.J. Griffin draws a tough assignment Friday in his second big league start, as he tries to tame the Rangers’ lineup and give the A’s a chance to even the series as they go up against Texas lefty Matt Harrison (10-3, 3.24).

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • XtremeA’sFan

    That didn’t make too much sense, ross has pitched decent against texas too. What bugs me too is that Gomes didn’t pinch hit for Inge against Nathan. Inge’s 1 for 17 against Nathan wasn’t a good idea. And Gomes has been Mr clutch as of late. Oh well another game that should have been ours but wasn’t.

  • Stan

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  • Stan

    I can tell the lack of common sense by the A’s org is getting to you Joe. Its the Gary Plummer having to observe Singeltary syndrome. How long can you look the other way?
    Hang in there Joe..hope they sell.