A comedy of errors by the Texas Rangers coupled with dazzling pitching by Oakland Athletics starter Jesse Chavez led to a three-game sweep of the home-standing Rangers on Wednesday evening in Arlington. Texas committed four errors, including two on one play in a three-run fourth inning for the A’s, as Ron Washington’s squad dropped a 12-1 blowout at home.
Avenging an early-season sweep at the hands of this very same Rangers team, the A’s bats came alive big time in this one. They tallied a total of 17 hits in the emphatic victory. Continuing to swing a hot bat, Derek Norris went 3-for-4 with a run batted in and two runs scored. He was 5-for-9 in the series and now boasts a ridiculous .386 batting average on the season.
Yoenis Cespedes added two hits, including a two-run double in a seven-run third inning that pretty much put this game away before fans could even get settled. In total, Nick Punto was the only A’s regular that didn’t reach base.
For the Rangers, it was a disturbing overall performance. Not only couldn’t they get anything going against A’s starter Jesse Chavez, it took six pitchers and 184 pitches to close out what ended up being an 11-run loss. It even got to a point where Washington was seriously considering putting a position player in to pitch. You know a game isn’t going to well for your team when that’s even in consideration.
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It didn’t help that the Rangers committed a whopping four errors in the first four innings, including two on one play in a three-run top of the fourth for Oakland. Texas’ lineup mustered a single hit against a suddenly dominating Jesse Chavez in eight innings of work. Chavez struck out eight and walked just one while throwing an economical 96 pitches. He was only pulled from the game when it became apparent the A’s were going to pull off the sweep.
Young left-hander Robbie Ross took the loss. He gave up 11 hits, 1o runs (six earned) in just 3.1 innings of work.
After dropping the final two games against the Houston Astros over the weekend, Oakland rebounded big time by sweeping Texas, a team it was tied with for first in the AL West heading in. Oakland outscored the Rangers 25-4 in the three-game set.
The A’s now travel to Boston for a three-game weekend set with a 12-4 road record under their belt. Meanwhile, the Rangers will look to dust themselves off in Southern California against the Los Angeles Angels.
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