Can we play Bartolo Colon everyday?
Last night’s game was a good sight to seem from these boys. There was decent pitching, good at bats, heads up base running, a couple of good defensive plays and seized opportunities when the other team’s defense faltered. We haven’t seen a lot of that lately.
Tuesday’s starter, Roy Oswalt, went a totally of 6 1/3 innings, giving up only 3 hits and a run (a solo shot to Josh Reddick in the 7th). He also struck out 6 and didn’t give up a walk. Not too shabby.
After Oswalt, the bullpen took over. Robbie Ross gave up a hit to the lone batter he faced. Alexi Ogando, making his first Rangers appearance since coming off the DL, pitched 2/3 of an inning, gave up no hits and only walked 1. Mike Adams took over in the 8th, struggling a bit. Adams gave up a hit and walked 2 before he was able to get himself out of the bases loaded jam. Then, Tanner Scheppers finished things off with a perfect 9th.
Offensively, most everyone participated. Overall, the team had 9 hits, a double and 2 home runs, courtesy of Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton (his 28th of the year).
The Rangers put their first run on the board in the 3rd on an Elvis Andrus single. They would tack on 4 more in the 4th on a home run by Beltre, a single by Mike Napoli (NOT A MISPRINT!), and ANOTHER Gentry bunt. A Hamilton home run in the 8th and sac fly in the 9th, would give the Rangers 2 more.
FINAL: Rangers 6, Athletics 1
Props to Gentry who literally legged out his run in the 3rd by beating Bartolo Colon to the bag on a bunt single (yeah, I know, tough feat). He would then go from 1st to 3rd on a bad throw to 1st. It’s little things like that that you like to see.