Posted June 05, 2012 on
AP on Fox
New York Mets
Rookie Jarrod Parker held Texas hitless until the eighth inning and Brandon Inge drove in four runs in Oakland's eight-run second inning as the Athletics beat the Rangers 12-1 on Monday night.
Parker (2-2) easily worked his way through baseball's highest-scoring offense in his ninth career start before Michael Young grounded a single through the middle for Texas' first hit leading off the eighth.
Parker got a warm ovation from the crowd of 10,120 and then recovered to get out of the inning on two more pitches: a popup by Nelson Cruz and an inning-ending double play from David Murphy. That ended the night for Parker, who allowed one hit, walked three and struck out six.
Inge started the scoring in the big inning with a three-run homer off Scott Feldman (0-4) and capped it with an RBI single as the A's normally meek bats broke through with a big night. Kila Ka'aihue added a two-run homer for the A's, who had lost 10 of 11.
Feldman was charged with all eight runs in the second inning and lost his fourth straight start. Things got so bad for the Rangers in their fifth loss in six games that they brought in outfielder Craig Gentry to pitch the eighth, the first position player to take the mound for Texas since Scott Sheldon on Sept. 6, 2000.
Gentry allowed a two-run double to Yoenis Cespedes to give the A's a season-high with 12 runs. Oakland had been shut out in seven of its previous 18 games and had just 12 runs during a recent nine-game skid.
Parker did not make the A's rotation out of spring training after being acquired in an offseason trade from Arizona for All-Star Trevor Cahill. He has been sharp ever since being called up from the minors allowing two runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts for a 2.40 ERA.
But this was his best performance by far, as he struck out slugger Josh Hamilton twice to come close to pitching the second no-hitter in the majors in the last four nights. Johan Santana did it for the New York Mets on Friday against St. Louis.
The closest Texas came to a hit before the eighth was when second baseman Jemile Weeks made a diving stop of Nelson Cruz 's hard one-hopper to end the second inning. Parker was also helped when Kurt Suzuki threw out Hamilton trying to steal second after a first-inning walk and a double play grounder by Mitch Moreland that erased David Murphy after a third inning walk.
Mike Napoli hit a solo homer in the ninth off Jim Miller for Texas' only run.
The first seven A's batters reached safely in the second inning against Feldman starting with a walk by Cespedes and single from Seth Smith . Inge followed with his fifth homer with Oakland.
Cliff Pennington added an RBI double to snap a career-worst 0-for-29 slump, Weeks had a two-run single and Smith hit an RBI single that knocked out Feldman. Inge greeted reliever Robbie Ross with an RBI single that made it 8-0.
This marked the third time in the past week the Rangers had allowed eight runs in an inning, all coming against offensively challenged teams. Seattle scored eight runs in the second and third innings last Wednesday in a 21-8 victory over Texas.
NOTES: The Rangers are the third team ever to play back-to-back series in Oakland in San Francisco, with Seattle doing it in 1998 and Seattle in 2001. ... There's still no timetable for Manny Ramirez to come up from the minors to join the A's. Ramirez was batting .243 with no extra-base hits in 11 games in the minors through Sunday. "It's difficult to bring a guy here when he's struggling," manager Bob Melvin said. ... Derek Holland (4-4) looks to bounce back for Texas from a rough start against Seattle last week when he allowed eight runs in 1 2-3 innings when he takes on Travis Blackley (0-0, 0.82) on Tuesday. ... The Rangers used all three of their draft picks Monday on high school players. After taking OF Lewis Brinson from Coral Springs, Fla., with the 29th pick, they got 3B Joey Gallo from Las Vegas at 39, and right-hander Collin Wiles from Overland Park, Kan., 53rd overall.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton is the runaway leader inAll-Star voting, having collected more than 2.5 million votes.If theAll-Star teams were selected today, catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman IanKinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Nelson Cruz would bejoining Hamilton as an All-Star starter.MichaelYoung is second in voting at designated hitter and Elvis Andrus trails...
Coming into today’s games there had been 1,585 home runs hit by Major League Baseball’s 30 teams so far this season. None of them traveled as far as this one hit by Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz yesterday. MLB.com lists the distance as 491 ft. ESPN’s Home Run Tracker estimated it at [...]
Yu Darvish is far from ready to pronounce himself All-Star worthy in his rookie season.
Ever the diplomat, the Texas Rangers' hard-throwing right-hander says he would love to make the AL team managed by his own skipper, Ron Washington, for the July 10 game in Kansas City. But he isn't sure he has earned that distinction just yet.
The 25-year-old Darvish is 7-3 with a 3...
After his starting pitcher saw a precipitous drop in velocity Tuesday, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked if Derek Holland were healthy. "Depends on what you mean by healthy," Washington said. Turns out, Holland isn't healthy, but then, again, he isn't hurt. After a 6-3 win over Oakland in which Holland saw his fastball velocity drop from nearly...
This is the third post in my 2012 “Down on the Farm” series that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout America. (Prior articles, including the entire 2011 edition, can be accessed here.)
The Red River of the South flows for nearly 1,400 miles between the Texas Panhandle and the Mississippi River in central Louisiana, but is best known for separating the...
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton were selected as the American League and National League players of the month for May, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. Hamilton, who was the 2010 AL MVP, hit 12 home runs in May while hitting .344 with 32 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Hamilton has a .358 batting average this season with 21...
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was the top vote-getter in the first All-Star Game balloting update released Tuesday, and he's one of five Rangers players on pace to start in the July 10 All-Star Game. Hamilton has received 2,587,991 votes from the fans. Hamilton and teammate Nelson Cruz both rank among the top three in the AL outfielders, while Ian Kinsler leads at...
Hot News for 1B Sean Doolittle
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Ian Kinsler hit a two-run double and Josh Hamilton also doubled in a run to back Derek Holland, and the Texas Rangers rebounded from an embarrassing rout a night earlier to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Tuesday.
Yorvit Torrealba hit a sacrifice fly, Adrian Beltre singled twice and Holland (5-4) pitched 5 1-3 innings -- looking far stronger than in his...
Hot News for P Sean Green
Hot News for 1B Brad Hawpe
Matt Harrison won his third straight start, Nelson Cruz hit a long two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the streaking Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The victory ended a four-game skid by the two-time defending AL champions, who lead the Angels by 4 1/2 games in the West. The clubs play 13 more times during the regular season.
Harrison (7-3) was...
The Monday Takeaway
R.J. Anderson wrote last week in his analysis of Roy Oswalt’s deal with Texas that “Jon Daniels knew the Rangers needed another starter with Neftali Feliz experiencing elbow inflammation and Scott Feldman inflating the run-scoring environment.” If the past week is any indication, the general manager’s foresight may prove critical to the team's hopes...
A's pitcher Jarrod Parker has just one victory in his major-league career but he has held the Texas Rangers hitless through seven innings in Oakland Monday night, Parker, making just his ninth start in the big leagues, has yielded three walks and has struck out six against the Rangers' strong offensive lineup. Parker has received plenty of run support from his teammates...
Former Seattle Mariners general manager and longtime Texas Rangers executive Hal Keller has died. He was 84.
The Rangers say Keller died in his sleep at his home in Sequim, Wash., early Tuesday. He was being treated for esophageal cancer.
Keller played 25 games with Washington from 1949-52. He spent most of his baseball career in scouting and front office roles.
Keller was farm...