Oakland, CA – The hitting woes for the Texas Rangers ended tonight. Two out and one day away from clinching the division, the A’s fate falls in the hands of two of their best pitchers.
Both Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill will be on hand for the last two games of the series. To avoid elimination and the thought of popping champagne bottles on their turf Oakland must win the next two games.
The Rangers struggles at bat are now over, a team effort led them to defeat the A’s 10-3 and move closer to capturing their first division title since 1999. Vladimir Guerrero opened up the hitting spree in the second inning with a solo home run. He then drove in a total of four runs including a double in the seventh frame.
“After yesterday’s lost, I refocused and came out ready tonight,” said Guerrero. “I got the opportunity to make some things happen, I got good swings and hit the ball hard.” “We’re all aware of where we stand in the division, we just want to win ball games and put runs on the board.”
It just seemed effortless the way Texas scored throughout the game. They pounded out eighteen hits on Bobby Cramer and Oakland’s bullpen. Cramer gave up eight hits in six innings. He allowed four runs (four earned), no walks, three strikes and two home runs.
“You fall behind and throw a fastball here, they’re going to get it,” Cramer said. “I need to pitch behind the count, I think I under estimated what these guys can do out here.”
Jeff Francoeur opened the seventh inning with his 12th homer of the year and Jorge Cantu followed with a doubled to left field. The offense continued to dominate, both Bengie Molina and Michael Young doubled in the eighth inning.
The A’s couldn’t get anything going against Tommy Hunter’s 5 1/3 innings when he gave up six hits while striking out four. Despite Jeremy Hermida’s career-high tying four hits, Oakland had little offense against the Rangers defense.
The only opportunity the A’s had to put a runner in scoring position was when Chris Carter doubled in the second frame but Aki Iwamura struck out. By the sixth inning Oakland tried closing the gap but Texas shut that down as they took over in the seventh inning scoring five runs.
“I don’t think anybody’s going to take their foot off the gas,” Gabe Gross said. “We’ll give all we have to give until Oct 3rd.” “We played all year long with the intent to win every series and I don’t expect that to change.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino