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Rangers fall short against A’s

Rangers SP Cole Hamels has had a rough last four starts and needs to turn things around. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

Rangers SP Cole Hamels has had a rough last four starts and needs to turn things around.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!

Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers came up short in their series against the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers are now 8-8 against Oakland for this season. Fortunately, the Rangers are still sitting at an 8.5 game lead in the American League West standings. There’s still 12 games to play. And every team they’ll play have losing records.

A Look at the Ranger’s Performance
Offense: Registered 26 hits, scored 11 runs, and struck out 18 times. In Game 1, Carlos Beltran registered two doubles, reaching 535 in his career, and passing Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for 38th all-time. The Rangers entered Game 3 having homered in 18 consecutive games, but they failed to extend it to 19. The Rangers’ victory in Game 1 was their 34th one-run victory, their eighth comeback win when trailing after eight innings, and their 45th come-from-behind win overall this season. This was also the third time the Rangers came back to beat Oakland when trailing by at least four runs.

Rotation: Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish, and Colby Lewis were the starting pitchers. Hamels went 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering six runs, and striking out six. Lucky for him, the Rangers scored five unanswered runs to spare him a loss and win the game. However, he needs to get it together for the playoffs because in his last four starts, his ERA has gone from 2.67 to 3.42. Darvish went 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering a season-high of seven runs, and striking out eight. The Rangers went on to lose 11-2, this giving Darvish his second consecutive loss. This was just the fourth time in his career where he has surrendered seven runs, the last time being in 2014 against Oakland. Lewis went 5.1 innings, allowing three hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out four. The Rangers came up short and lost 5-2, thus giving Lewis his third consecutive loss.

Bullpen: Allowed 13 hits, surrendered six runs, and struck out eight. They did a phenomenal job in Game 1 by not allowing Oakland to inflict more damage. They were in a 6-2 hole and with the help of the offense, they helped turn it to a 7-6 win. Game 2 didn’t turn out so well as they surrendered four runs, which gave Oakland an 11-2 win. Game 3 was not bad, but the offense could not do their part. The only bullpen hiccup from Game 3 was Keone Kela allowing Oakland to score the two game-deciding runs.

Tonight, the Angels are in town. Martin Perez will be on the hill for Texas. The Rangers are 8-8 against the Angels this season, but that needs to be the last thing on their mind. This will be their final series against the Angels, and the Rangers want to wrap it up with a series win.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
9/19    vs Angels    7:05 p.m.
9/20   vs Angels    7:05 p.m.
9/21   vs Angels    7:05 p.m.
9/23   @A’s            8:35 p.m.
9/24   @A’s            3:05 p.m.
9/25   @A’s            3:05 p.m.

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