In games as close as the one between the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics, it is usually impossible to overcome not only an error that lead to two runs, but also a miserable failed attempt at a sacrifice squeeze in the top of the ninth. Someway, somehow, the Rangers overcame their mistakes and collected a second straight win against the Athletics.
After getting blown out by the Chicago White Sox, the Rangers looked to be in a bit of trouble with the next series coming against the Athletics. After two one-run wins, the Rangers averted disaster and are now looking better than ever. The Rangers managed to settle down their pitching staff giving up less than half the runs in both games against the Athletics than what was given up against the White Sox.
Even though the Rangers were able to win against the Athletics, their offense was hardly impressive. This is a problem that should disappear when Adrian Beltre returns from the DL this Friday. If the Rangers’ pitching staff can maintain the success they saw against the Athletics and Beltre can come back in mid-season form, the Rangers should be set to go on a nice run.
Things could have been borderline disastrous, and losing to the Athletics because of an error would have killed any momentum the Rangers would have had going forward. Overcoming the mistakes completely flips that momentum, and the Rangers can use this series as motivation to propel themselves to the top of the standings.
This win puts the Rangers within half a game of the Athletics, and a win in their next game will put them in first place. Even though Beltre will not be back in time for the next game, the Rangers have proven they can win without him, making the situation that much better when he returns. What may have seemed like a far-fetched hope following the White Sox blowout, Beltre may be returning to a first-place Rangers team fresh off a series sweep of the Athletics.
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