The rain didn’t keep the boys inside for long, and certainly didn’t affect your Rangers at all. If you recall yesterday’s preview I predicted the Rangers win 7 to 4, I was just a little off as the Rangers won this one 7 to 2. Oakland’s Brett Anderson took the mound for the A’s and was knocked around by the Rangers.
Anderson went 4.2 innings and allowed six hits and four runs including a two-run home run from Adrian Beltre in the top of the fifth. Prior to that, in the fourth inning, Anderson had the bases loaded and walked Mike Napoli bringing in a run to start the offense. Round Rock Express call up Craig Gentry had a single with the bases loaded to score a run. In addition to Napoli’s base-on-balls RBI he also had an RBI double in the game after Anderson was replaced by David Purcey. Offensive juggernaut Michael Young hit a triple off of Oakland reliever Jerry Blevins scoring two runs.
Most were concerned that Colby Lewis who was off to a great start, wouldn’t be able to come back out after the rain delay before the sixth inning. The right-hander not only came out after nearly an hour break but he threw into the game late. Lewis went 7.1 innings, and allowed five hits and one run. Darren Oliver took over for the rest of the eighth inning and allowed a hit and an unearned run. Neftali Feliz finished the game pitching a hitless ninth inning but allowing two walks.
This was a great win for the team all around; this was another solid outing for Lewis, after we had our doubts about him earlier in the season. The bats were certainly not dormant in this one, earning a total 11 hits in the game. There was still some work to be done as the team was only 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
I’ll have my preview up for this afternoon’s game shortly after 10am this morning. Let’s just hope the rain has washed away this slump.