Thursday, June 20, 2013
The A's slapped Justin Grimm around last night, he gave up three runs in five innings. Fortunately the Texas offense woke up and returned the favor against Oakland starter Tommy Milone, six runs in 5.1 innings.
Nice to see the Rangers bats finally make an appearance. Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4, Nelson Cruz 3-for-5, Adrian Beltre 2-for-5, David Murphy 3-for-4, and Leonys Martin 2-for-3. Since Beltre was the only one of those guys who had been delivering recently the numbers sure look good.
While the lineup was doing its thing, the bullpen stepped in for the final four innings and gave up just one run. That was better than things have been going and good enough to grab a much-needed win. Final: Rangers - 9, A's - 4.
While Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, and Lance Berkman all had three RBI, David Murphy scored two runs of his own. I also got this signed 2008 Upper Deck First Edition card back from him on June 18th. It was in the first batch of through the mail autograph requests I sent out from my new address. Thanks to Mr. Murphy for signing and returning it.