The first two games of the three games series against the Texas Rangers have been a bit rocky for the Oakland Athletics. On Tuesday, the Athletics held a six game lead in the AL West, but, after Friday night, the Rangers shortened the that lead to 2.5 games. The Rangers were on a five game win streak while the A’s had a three game losing streak.
In the first game of the series, the Oakland Athletics left handed pitcher Tommy Milone struggled. With six runs and nine hits in a 3 ⅔ innings, Milone was sent to Sacramento on Saturday and his next start will be in Triple-A. Hopefully this change will help Milone get back on track. The A’s offense was not faring well either on Friday. With multiple scoring opportunities throughout the first five innings, only three were able to score. This lose left the Oakland Athletics with only a 2.5 lead in the AL West.
But the Athletics were able to pull it together for Saturday’s day game. The Athletics were able to score three runs in the first inning. The first run was scored by Coco Crisp who reached home after bunting to get on base, and slowly making his way around the diamond on a sacrifice fly from Eric Sogard and a single to left by Jed Lowrie scoring. The Yoenis Cespedes hit a homerun which allowed Lowrie and himself to score. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Sogard hit yet another sacrifice fly in order to drive in Alberto Callaspo. The Athletics were able to pull out a 4-2 win.
Now tied at one game each, the tie breaking game will take place Sunday and both teams are looking to win. A.J. Griffin, who is 10-7 with a 3.90 ERA, will be pitching for the Athletics while the Rangers have Derek Holland on the mound who has a 8-6 record with a 3.18 ERA. With Jason Jaso out with a concussion, the Athletics will have to step up their game in order to increase their lead over the Rangers and hold onto the AL West lead.