Jerrod Parker Photo Courtesy of CBSSports.com
After a disappointing 2-0 shutout against the Kansas City Royals yesterday, Bob Melvin placed the ball in first year starter Jarrod Parker’s hands against the best hitting team in baseball, the Texas Rangers. Going into tonight’s game, Jarrod had only one Major League win under his belt. Texas was hoping to build on yesterday’s victory over the Los Angeles Angels. It didn’t quite go the way they expected, as Parker had a no-hitter going into the 8th inning before Michael Young poked a 0-1 pitch for a single to centerfield. Parker was able to get Nelson Cruz to pop out, and David Murphy ended the inning in a double play. Parker pitched 8 innings, giving up zero runs, one hit and three walks while striking out six on 111 pitches. He achieved his second Big League win, evening his record to 2-2. His ERA was lowered to 2.40. Oakland brought in pitcher, Jim Miller, to finish the ninth inning, and he kindly gave up the shutout by delivering an opposite field home run to Mike Napoli.
Feldman looked great going into the second inning, striking out 3 of the first 4 batters. Then the A’s offense came alive Monday night as they jumped all over a winless Scott Feldman, who has not made a quality start this season for the Rangers. Oakland scored eight earned runs in the 2nd inning on eight hits, including a three run blast by Brandon Inge. Feldman only lasted 1.2 innings. The A’s managed to score a season high 12 runs with the hot bat of Kila Ka’aihue, who hit his 4th home run in the fifth inning with one on and one out.
The Rangers have been playing dreadful baseball as of late, losing five out of their last six. Three of the last six defeats have come to Seattle and Oakland by the combined score of 43-12. The Texas Rangers have cooled off after a sizzling first month of the season. Their pitching has been suspect as of late, which is why Texas signed Roy Oswalt.
Jarrod Parker is now (2-2) 2.40 era and Scott Feldman is (0-4) 7.01 era . Oakland raises its record to (24-31). Texas drops to (32-23) keeping their 4.5 lead in the standings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the LA Angels 8-6. Oakland and Texas play tomorrow at 10:05 ET.
LeRoy McConnell III