The Oakland Athletics were absolutely hammered on Wednesday afternoon by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers jumped all over the A’s and went on to win the ballgame by the score of 14-4. The A’s dropped two out of three games on the road to the Rangers in the series.

All four A’s pitchers that got into the game were charged with atleast one run as it wasn’t a good day to be a pitcher on the Athletics staff. Starting pitcher Dana Eveland was charged with eight hits and seven runs in just five innings to take the loss. Eveland is now 9-9 on the year.

Relief pitcher Santiago Casilla gave up four runs, while Jeff Gray gave up two runs. Dan Meyer gave up one more run and three hits over his two innings of action. Just a terrible outing by all the A’s pitchers.

Chris Denorfia and Jack Cust both hit solo home runs to finish with one rbi each for the A’s. The A’s also got single rbi’s from Cliff Pennington and Rob Bowen. That was all the offense could muster against the Rangers.

The A’s will now be off on Thursday before beginning their final series of the year against the Seattle Mariners.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on September 24th, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics scored eighth runs in the seventh inning to extend there lead and pretty much put the nail in the coffin for the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.  The Athletics went on to beat the Angels 14-2 as the A’s improved their record to 17-10 on the season.

The A’s pounded out sixteen hits and three home runs in the game. Daric Barton, Jack Hannahan, and Emil Brown all went deep in the game.  Barton and Brown both had three RBI in the game while Frank Thomas, Rajai Davis, and Ryan Sweeney all had two RBI each.  Chris Denorfia and Hannahan chipped in with one RBI as well.

Chad Gaudin pitched six innings and allowed five hits and two runs as he picked up his third win of the season.  Gaudin is now 3-1 on the season and  has been throwing the ball pretty good.    Andrew Brown and Dallas Braden pitched the final two inning and only allowed one hit.

How long can the A’s keep up the good play do you think?

Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on April 29th, 2008
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Frank Thomas was back with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday as they pounded the Minnesota Twins 11-2.  As the A’s put up 11 runs and 15 hits, Thomas went 0-3 with two walks.  The A’s chased Twins starter Francisco Liriano out of the game before the end of the first inning as they put up six quick runs on the Twins starter.

Donnie Murphy led the A’s by going 3-5 and picking up four RBI.  Murphy had solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Kurt Suzuki, Emil Brown, and Mike Sweeney all had two RBI each in the game.  Chris Denorfia chipped in with one RBI.

Greg Smith picked up his second in of the season as he tossed seven innings for the A’s.  Smith gave up seven hits but only two runs in the game.  A very good quality start for Smith as he pitched great.  Andrew Brown and Joey Devine pitched the last two innings and gave up one hit each.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on April 24th, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Sunday to complete a three came sweep against the Royals.  The Athletics only allowed three hits and one run in the game as their record improved to 12-8 for the year.

Dana Eveland is now 2-1 for the year after his victory over the Royals.  He pitched for just over 5 and a half innings giving up 3 hits and a run before being relieved by Andrew Brown and Santiago Casilla

It was a big hitting night for the A’s as well with 2 batters, Rob Bowen and Jack Hannahan, each picking up a pair of RBIs while Chris Denorfia, Mark Ellis, and Bobby Crosby all finished with one RBI. 

Now that the Athletics are done cleaning up the Royals, they are moving on to the Twins as they will battle them at home Tuesday night.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on April 21st, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics scored four runs in the top of the 9th inning to come from behind and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3.  What a great win for the A’s on the road against a good Blue Jays team!  Wins like this can really carry over and provide a lot of momentum for a team.

In the 9th inning, Mark Ellis got the scoring going as he tripled and scored Travis BuckEmil Brown then hit into a fielder choice that scored Ellis.  Bobby Crosby then doubled to left field that scored Chris Denorfia and Brown.

Ellis finished the game going 4-5 to raise his average to .250 on the season.

Fernando Hernandez picked up the win for the Athletics.  It was his first win of the season.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on April 9th, 2008
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The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox are finished with their two game series over in Japan and this time it was the Athletics that came out on top with a 5-1 victory.  It was the third time that two american teams split a two game series over in Japan.

The A’s got off to a good start when Chris Denorfia singled in Bobby Crosby in the second inning.  Emil Brown came up big with a three run homerun off of Jon Lester in the third inning.  That gave the Athletics a 4-0 lead after three innings but they weren’t done scoring as Jeff Fiorentino singled in Kurt Suzuki in the 8th inning.

Rich Harden was the winning pitcher for the Athletics.  He pitched a great ballgame and went six innings while only allowing one run.  That run came in the sixth inning when Manny Ramirez went deep for his first homerun of the season.  Other then that, the A’s pitching staff did a wonderful job against the potent Red Sox lineup.

The A’s will now head back to the United States and play three exhibition games against the San Francisco Giants.

Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on March 26th, 2008
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