In a ugly mirror of last night’s game, it was the A’s that ambushed the Rangers early for four runs off Taylor Hearn in the first inning. Oakland added three more in the second and two in the third to take a 9-0 lead before you could smash that like button and ring the bell on the YouTube feed.
It was a tough break for Hearn who had wiggled himself back into rotation consideration but he couldn’t get out of the first inning and exited with four runs on his ledger in just 2⁄3 of an inning and 34 pitches.
The offense came to life in the middle innings and eventually made the game sort of interesting as the Rangers scored the game’s next six runs before — again in the inverse of last night’s contest — the A’s put it away with late runs.
Player of the Game: Eli White went 3-for-5 with a HR and two RBI he also tossed out a runner on the bases as he played in right field to give Joey Gallo a half day off his feet.
White has been heating up a bit with more playing time as he’s sporting a .318/.375/.727 slash line in his last seven games.
Up Next: The Rangers and A’s will battle for a lead in this series with RHP Mike Foltynewicz expected to start for Texas tomorrow against RHP James Kaprielian for Oakland. Wednesday night’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.