It’s funny how a game can go from being the most boring thing ever to super exciting with 1 swing of the bat. Thank you, Craig Gentry.
Yet again, Matt Harrison pitched a gem of a game, going 8 innings, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs (both earned), walking 1 and striking out 7. And it seemed that yet again, the offense wasn’t going to show up for poor Harry.
In the 2nd inning, the Rangers missed out on a huge opportunity to get on the board early. Bases loaded and 1 out. Mike Napoli at the plate. Strike out. Followed quickly by Leonys Martin lining out. *Sigh*
Fast forward to the 7th. 2 on, 1 out. Napoli at the plate… You guessed it! Strike out, and Martin grounds out. *Groan* Guys, I’m seeing a pattern.
Thankfully, the boys took advantage of some shaky Athletics relief pitching in the 8th. With 1 out, Elvis Andrus singled and promptly stole 2nd. Walks to Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, and Nelson Cruz would result in the Rangers first run of the night. A triple by Craig Gentry would make the score 4-2.
Tanner Scheppers came in to close things out in the 9th, his first major league save opportunity. Minus that solo home run to Carter, a pretty great outing by Scheppers, who earned his first major league save.
FINAL: Rangers 4, Athletics 3