First things first, I’ll get to the latest news. Michael Taylor has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. It hasn’t been made official, but bank on Coco Crisp being activated tomorrow and in the lineup for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. Taylor had just one hit in 23 at-bats during this stint in Oakland. He was 0 for 1 tonight, although he did draw two walks.
Onto the game, it was one that had to be frustrating for the A’s. It looked like a loss early, then looked like a win, then a loss, then possibly a win… You get the point.
Derek Holland was dealing early and when the Rangers scored three in the fourth, it seemed like it would be a tough night. But the A’s had some good at-bats in the fifth and sixth to scratch out a lead.
Colon was pulled after only 77 pitched to turn it over to the bullpen and Ryan Cook couldn’t hold the lead in the eighth. And then you’ve got Chris Resop’s performance in the 10th.
Resop admitted to being a little surprised that Adrian Beltre was hacking on his 3-0 pitch, which he was just trying to get over the plate. Beltre didn’t miss and crushed a go-ahead home run. But, given the A’s 10th inning rally, the more damaging shot was Mitch Moreland’s second homer of the game. Resop said he tried to elevate a fastball but didn’t get it high enough and Moreland smacked it.
The A’s made Joe Nathan work in the 10th. It nearly looked like Seth Smith tied the game when he lined a ball down the right field line, but it was a couple feet fouled. He fouled that up with a double to the left-center gap, but it only scored one run. After an intentional walk to Brandon Moss, the A’s had two chances to win it.
Daric Barton battled for seven pitches, including four foul balls. But the end result was a strikeout.
That left it up to Eric Sogard, pinch-hitting for Adam Rosales. He let ‘er rip on the first pitch and he it hard. For a second it looked like it had a chance to get through for a two-run walk-off single, but Ian Kinsler scooped it up and the Rangers won it. No walk-off magic tonight.
– Melvin earned his third ejection of the season, arguing a play that ended the eighth inning when Barton was called out at first. After the game, Melvin said umpire D.J. Reyburn made the right call and he deserved to be ejected.
That’s it for me. I’ll be back tomorrow.