The Rangers were determined not to get shut out in today’s game. They brought the bats out early. And then put them away … but at least they got them out.
All of Texas’ runs came in the 1st inning today, courtesy of David Murphy two-run home run and an Adrian Beltre solo shot. The early runs were good to see, and I’m sure no one appreciated them more than Ross Wolf, who made his Rangers debut.
Who? Yeah, I didn’t know who he was either, but sometimes no expectations are a good thing. Wolf was a pleasant surprise. Through three, Wolf hadn’t allowed a single base runner. Coco Crisp ended that in the 4th, and the A’s got their first hit and first run of the day in that inning. Fortunately, thanks to Wolf and the bullpen, it was Oakland’s only run of the day.
The pitching today was really fantastic. Wolf, Neal Cotts, Robbie Ross and Joe Nathan combined for nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits. Because of them, it didn’t matter that the Rangers didn’t score again after t