A's Suffer First Setback of Season
Written by: Don Orsillo
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
All good things must come to an end, and so the A's three-game win streak was snapped Monday night, as the Green Machine fell 4-2 to the league defending champion Rangers in a well-played and hard-fought battle.
The A's outhit the Rangers 8-2, but simply couldn't get hits in the clutch. The A's left 10 runners on base, and the Rangers took advantage of two clutch hits, a few walks and a couple of timely errors, to send the A's tumbling out of first place.
Cam pitched a very strong game for the A's, striking out 8 and walking only 4 in 5 innings.
David's bat was jumping, with two hard-hit doubles. Matt had three hits, and Cam had two. But the A's couldn't convert their scoring opportunities. The A's had a final chance in the top of the 6th, loading the bases with 2 out and hot-hitting Luke at the plate. But a hard-hit grounder to SS resulted in a force-out, and the A's walked off the field non-winners for the first time in 2008.
Defensively, the A's played quite well, with Justin making a nice catch in RF in the first defensive attempt of his rookie season, and the infield was relatively strong.
In a strange side-note, the Umpire ruled the A's lucky bat "The Beast Unleashed" as ineligible just prior to the game's start. This ruling, while correct, wreaked havoc on the A's players' fragile mindsets. Coach Gilman's wife (Mrs. Gilman) has already placed a call to the bat's manufacturer, to inquire about a warranty and determine if a replacement bat can be shipped soon. Stay tuned.
The road doesn't get any easier, as the A's face the Cubs on Thursday and the league-leading Phillies on Saturday. I expect they will bounce back in strong fashion.