A's Fumble Their Way into Second Place
Written by: Pete Peters
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The A's stunk up the joint and stumbled to a 12-5 loss to the Rangers tonight at Plaisted. Errors were everywhere, both mental and physical, as the A's tossed away the game in the bottom of the 5th inning.
A very well-played game on both sides entered the bottom of the 5th inning with the A's clinging to a 5-4 lead. However, three hits, two walks, a hit batsman and five A's errors led to a long inning for the Rangers. By the time the dust settled, the Rangers had plated 8 runs to build a 12-5 lead. The A's never recovered, and limped off the field with their ugliest loss of the season.
A's bats were unusually silent tonight, as the Green Machine only managed six hits. Sterling and Cole had two hits apiece to lead the A's.
Reese pitched a fine game for the A's, getting into the 5th inning. Cole also threw well, but was the victim of numerous A's errors behind him in the field.
The A's fall to 5-2 with the loss, tied for 1st place with the Rangers. Both A's losses have come at the hands of the Rangers. Next up for the A's are the resurgent Red Sox, Thursday night at New Lions.