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After a four game win streak, the Oakland Athletics have finally worked their way back to the top and are tied for first with the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Tonight’s game is the second in the Athletics-Rangers series and will determine who will take sole possession of the AL West lead. Lets see how these two teams will match up tonight.
The Oakland Athletics will have their ace, Bartolo Colon, on the mound. This is only his second start after a small spell on the disable list. In his last game, Colon lasted a mere five innings. He allowed one run and seven hits, which was not great, but it was much better than the 10 runs over 6 ⅔ innings he pitched in the two starts before he went out on August 13th with a groin injury. But Colon has a 19-7 lifetime record against the Rangers, so maybe he will earn his first win since being back.
Even though Colon did not last long against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, he was able to keep the run count low. If Colon can only last five innings again in tonight’s game, the Athletics bullpen needs to make sure that their relievers are consistent and do not allow too many runs or blow a lead. This is especially important when it comes to Grant Balfour, who blew the save against the Detroit Tigers in Thursday night’s game, and allowed a hit and a walk before racking up his 36th save of the season on Monday. Balfour has told the media a few times since Thursday that he has just not been feeling himself lately, so the Athletics may need to find a fill-in closer for this last month of the season.
The Rangers have Martin Perez on the mound. Perez has not faced this club since last year when he had a 1-2 losing record and a 9.90 ERA against the Athletics. However, Perez is on a five win start streak, which is a club rookie record, and is pining for his sixth. With a current 3.58 ERA and an 8-3 record, he is not quite as good as Colon, but has the power to shut down the Athletics’ heavy hitters. This 22-year-old rookie has a nasty fastball that consistently hits the strike zone and he has a way of changing up the speed of his pitches to confuses the opposing batter.
Perez will have to look out for Athletics’ center fielder, Coco Crisp, who has been on fire lately. Even though he left yesterday’s game with a shin injury in the late innings, he hit a two-run homerun in the fifth and it has been reported that he will start in tonight’s game. In the last ten games, Crisp has yielded five home runs – three of which were in the three consecutive games – eight RBI, and a .300 AVG. Crisp has a .333 average in six at bats against Perez.
But the Rangers have Adrian Beltre who has a .302 lifetime batting average against Colon. This includes seven doubles and five home runs. This season, he is third is the AL for batting average with a .327 and sixth in the AL for home runs. Beltre has been equally, if not more, successful than Crips in his last ten games, which will make for quite a battle tonight at the O.co Coliseum.
Whoever wins tonight will give their club a one game lead in the AL West. With the Athletics current streak, they have shown that they have the late season spark to finish out the season strong. If the bullpen is able to keep the run count low, the Athletics will take the AL West lead back from the Rangers tonight.
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Josh Donaldson on Tuesday forced himself into the play of the year discussion. And he did it while being swallowed whole by the tarp down the third base line. The dive. The catch. The glove raised in the air. All outstanding. Most important, it all makes having to get a tetanus shot worth it. Because who knows what types of disgusting things were awaiting him down there. Thanks...
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Oakland A's third baseman Josh Donaldson made a fantastic catch of a foul ball as he dove over the tarp in front of the third base stands to make the catch during Tuesday night's game at the O.co Coliseum.
It happened in the top of the sixth inning as Texas Rangers batter David Murphy hit a high popup foul that drifted to the edge...
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Your browser does not support iframes. Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson made one of the best catches of the year against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Typically the infield tarp can be an obstacle for fielders, but Donaldson actually used it to his advantage. Rangers outfielder David Murphy hit a pop-up in foul […]
Your browser does not support iframes.Oakland Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson may have recorded the best catch of the season on Tuesday.With one out and a runner on first, Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy lifted a high pop up that drifted toward the third base seats.However, Donaldson was able to flag down the ball by diving over the field tarp, and into the wall...
Oakland's Josh Donaldson makes an unbelievable catch in foul territory...getting swallowed up by the tarp in the sixth inning against the Rangers.
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Some are already calling it the best catch of the 2013 MLB season.
And, after seeing the incredible grab pulled off by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, you might have to agree.
With one out and a runner at first, Rangers left fielder David Murphy lifted a high pop fly that drifted...
Oakland has more foul territory than nearly other ballpark in the league. In the top of the sixth inning, David Murphy of the Rangers hit a pop up down the right field line in that vast foul territory. A's third baseman Josh Donaldson got on his horse, ran to the wall between the crowd and the field, leapt over the tarp, and made the catch, falling between the tarp and the wall...
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