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Thoughts on an 8-6 Rangers loss

A's 8, Rangers 6

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A's 8, Rangers 6

  • Well, at least Adrian Beltre is back.
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez was going to have a bad game at some point.  It was inevitable.  It just is unfortunate he blew up right after the Rangers had a big inning to stake him to a lead, and had us feeling good about things.  After giving up 6 runs yesterday, his ERA is now 2.27 on the season.  That's pretty good...but he also had just one K yesterday.  He needs to strike out more batters.
  • Keone Kela was also due for a bad outing, giving up a big two run blast to Ben Zobrist that turned a 6-5 game into an 8-5 game.  Again, it happens, and he's still exceeded expectations this season.
  • Sam Freeman, Anthony Bass and Alex Claudio all pitched scoreless innings, so that was good.
  • After not doing much of anything in Chicago, the bats woke up yesterday, which is a good sign.  Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus each had three hits, with Odor having a homer and a double and Elvis a pair of doubles.  Prince Fielder and Joey Gallo each doubled.
  • You can't really complain much about the offense in a game where you score 6 runs.  They did their job.
  • We did get the interesting outfield alignment yesterday with Joey Gallo in left field and Ryan Rua in right field, due to Shin-Soo Choo being sidelined with back spasms.  Josh Hamilton is due back on Monday, apparently, which will potentially cost Joey Gallo his roster spot, but if Choo has to go on the d.l., well, Hamilton probably ends up in RF and Gallo in LF for a while.
  • Man, I'm really getting to not like Billy Burns.