Rangers' Rally Falls Short
Written by: Steve Dobieski
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Rangers faced a hungry A's team Saturday at Upper Lions looking for a victory to clinch first place in the regular season, and despite staging two rallies, lost 10-9 in seven innings. Nat got the start and pitched well, aided by Matt who threw out a baserunner at third, on a nice catch and tag by Justin, and a wandering baserunner off first to end the inning. The Rangers took the early lead with good plate patience, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk, but stranded the sacks full to end the first. The A's struck for seven in the second and kept the Rangers on their heals offensively until the bottom of the fifth. Ross came on in relief and pitched well, holding the A's scoreless until being removed on pitch count.
In the bottom of the fifth, with the Rangers trailing 7-1, Ross led off with a single, Nate drew a walk and Aaron homered to left-center to draw the Rangers to within three at 7-4. Matt added a run after singling and scoring on a grounder by Nat, cutting the score to 7-5. The A's added two runs in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 9-5 as the Rangers came to bat in the bottom of the sixth. Brett laced a triple to right and Cooper drew a walk in an extended at bat after fouling off several pitches. Ross and Nate followed with singles scoring two runs, and Aaron and Matt each had productive outs and RBIs leading the Rangers into a tie at 9-9. With two more batters on base after walks, Justin drove a ball to right that would have scored the winning run, but a diving catch in right ended the threat and sent the game to extra innings.
The A's got a baserunner on a walk and advanced him to second base after a passed ball. Brett took the mound and struck out the side but not before a pick-off attempt of the runner at second sailed errantly into center from home allowing the runner to score the go-ahead run. The Rangers got men into scoring position with one out in their half of the seventh, but the A's pitcher induced two pop-ups to seal the A's victory. Ross led the offense with three hits and three runs and Aaron had a nice catch in center to save a run.
The loss sets up a showdown with the Cubs on Tuesday on the eve of the playoffs.