Today was a long day of baseball for the Texas Rangers but it ended up being an outstanding one as they finished off a doubleheader sweep of the Oakland Athletics on the same night they retired all time great Adrian Beltre’s No. 29.
Texas trailed in the nightcap 1-0 following a Mark Canha home run in the top of the fourth but from there, Rangers starter Adrian Sampson cruised along while the Rangers were able to eventually solve Oakland starter Chris Bassitt.
Sampson — an Adrian, of course — was coming off a career game where he struck out 11 Kansas City Royals in his last outing. He might not be done with career best performances as he finished tonight’s outing by allowing just the one run on four hits with one walk and seven Ks in a complete game. After having never collected a big league win, Sampson is 5-3 and has won every outing in his last five dating back to mid-May.
The bats were held hitless until a Danny Santana single with one out in the bottom of the fifth but the Rangers were able to capitalize on that hit with a rally which saw them score twice on three singles, a HBP, and a sac fly. A Santana RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth finished off the scoring for both teams and the Rangers had their 3-1 win.
With the win, the Rangers are five games above .500 for the first time this season and for the first time since the 2016 season. That’s pretty neat.
Thanks for the memories, AB!
Player of the Game: John Blake, for sure.
Up Next: The Rangers and Athletics will conclude this series with a Sunday afternoon affair. LHP Drew Smyly is listed as the starter for Texas against RHP Frankie Montas for Oakland. First pitch in the finale from The Ballpark is scheduled for 2:05 pm CT.