The Rangers remain a thorn in Oakland’s side so far in 2021. The A’s kept getting hits off tonight’s starter Jordan Lyles but they could only muster a couple of runs as they went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Meanwhile, the Rangers didn’t have a hit off Athletics starter Cole Irvin through the game’s first five innings. But before you could say Joe Musgrove or Corey Kluber, Texas put the first six batters on base in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
And now we’ve reached the best moment of the week as we are now the longest that we will go without having to see the embarrassing Friday hats again.
Lyles ultimately had a solid outing results wise as he went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. It wasn’t pretty, especially early, but he found enough zeroes to allow the offense to finally put together a crooked number.
With the win, the Rangers are now 5-3 against the A’s in 2021 which is a trend that could potentially come back to bite an Oakland squad that has its sights set on the American League West crown.
Player of the Game: Adolis Garcia will be an All-Star in a couple of days but first he’s in the Rangers record book for the most RBI by a rookie in the first half of a season. Tonight, Garcia drove in a couple to make it 61 on the year.
A two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth was the record breaker for El Bombi and the eventual game winner for Texas.
Up Next: The Rangers and A’s will play the penultimate game of the first half with RHP Mike Foltynewicz set to match up against RHP James Kaprielian for the third time in the last few weeks. It’s like Colby Lewis vs Trevor Cahill all over again.
Saturday’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 3:05 pm CT.