Kolby Allard inherited the first inning curse today as the lefty allowed three A’s runs before the Rangers had even stepped into the batter’s box. Given a three-run lead, Oakland starter Chris Bassitt went to work for seven innings of one-run ball as the A’s were able to take the finale and leave Texas with a series tie.
It’s a shame that Allard was ambushed out of the gate because he settled in nicely after the first and ultimately tossed six innings and allowed just one run after the fatal frame.
A positive for Allard was that he didn’t walk anyone during his outing but he also only struck out one batter which contributed to the feeling that today wasn’t going to be his day.
Nevertheless, after getting swept by the Twins, a series split with division-challenging Oakland wasn’t the worst thing in the world and Texas will be back at it tomorrow night to continue their homestand.
Player of the Game: Reliever Joe Barlow debuted in the top of the eighth and twirled a spotless inning with two strikeouts. Welcome to the show, Joe!
Up Next: The Rangers will welcome the Kansas City Royals to Arlington where former Rangers lefty Mike Minor will make the start for KC against RHP Dane Dunning for Texas. First pitch in the Friday night opener from The Shed is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.