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Thoughts on a 5-3 Rangers loss

A’s 5, Rangers 3

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A’s 5, Rangers 3

  • I swear, every goddam A’s game is like this now. The Rangers play well, it’s a winnable game, then dumb shit happens and the game slips away and we have to watch Oakland players celebrate.
  • Bah.
  • So much annoying here. Logan Forsythe slips coming home on what should have been a run scoring error, and instead is out. Fly balls die at the track. Rougned Odor rips a ball down the line that just curves foul. Elvis makes an error to allow Oakland to tie the game.
  • I really hate playing the A’s. I just thought I hated them back when every game seemed like it was Colby Lewis versus Trevor Cahill, or when the Rangers would seemingly give up 4 early runs in every mid-week getaway game in the Oakland stadium that has the overflowing toilets, but now I think it’s more annoying.
  • And then Jose Leclerc comes in for the ninth with a tie score, strikes out Mark Canha, then induces a 3-2 pop up from Jurickson Profar that is one of the softest hit balls of the game, but which fell into no mans land for a double. So when Josh Phegley flew out, it was two outs, not three, and thus sets the stage for Marcus Semien to hit a wall scraper to right for a two run home run, continuing what has been a jinxed year for Leclerc, who has pitched much better than his ERA indicates.
  • And of course, because the knife has to be twisted, in the 9th, the Rangers load the bases with one out, only to see Elvis Andrus, who scored one of the Rangers three runs, drove in another one, and also made that crucial error, hit into a game ending double play.
  • Dammit.
  • At least Hunter Pence homered.
  • It was a winnable game laden with blown chances and lost opportunities. I just have to remind myself the Rangers will be on the other side of stupid games like this about as often as they are on the winning side.
  • Anyway, enough being mad. Joe Palumbo loses dude status in 14 hours. I’m hyped about that. Go get ‘em Joe.