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The AL West race may be over as the Athletics sweep the Rangers

Sep 15, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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The Athletics won for the 16th time in their last 20 games this afternoon, wrapping up a series sweep over the limping Rangers. The win pushes their lead to 6.5 games with 13 games left to play, effectively wrapping up the division. The Rangers lost their sixth consecutive game and haven’t won consecutive games since August 27-28. They remain tied with the Rays for both AL Wild Card spots.

It was close early. The A’s scored twice in the first on Jed Lowrie‘s double play and a solo home run by Josh Donaldson. The Rangers got one back in the bottom of the first on A.J. Pierzynski‘s RBI single. Outfielder Chris Young hit a solo home run in the fourth to bump the score to 3-1 in favor of the Athletics. From there, A’s starter Tommy Milone and Rangers starter Martin Perez limited the offense.

The Athletics put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth when Josh Reddick hit a two-run home run to right field off of Joakim Soria. Athletics reliever Jesse Chavez pitched a perfect ninth to finalize the 5-1 victory.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Green and Gold is just rolling to the finish

  2. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    with all the money the angels and rangers have spent, and all of the talent on those two rosters… man the A’s are a great story. and great team! congrats.

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Sequel to Moneyball, anybody? Brad Pitt isn’t busy this winter.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    The AL West race does seem to be over, but the wild card race sure isn’t as both wild card leaders,Texas and Tampa Bay lost.

    • chill1184 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Come on PC, say it with me; 4 Way Tie! 4 Way Tie! 4 Way Tie!

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        You might get your wish as both Texas and Tampa Bay lost today.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        I did not want to add that Baltimore won considering that they were playing in Toronto. The Indians and Yankees still have a chance to win today. Who gives a **** about the NFL.

      • dondada10 - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        I would like to see the Yankees, Rangers, Rays, Indians, and Royals all finish with the same record.

  4. hcf95688 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    What the A’s have accomplished over the past two years is nothing short of amazing…and the ride isn’t over! If you don’t like what’s going on in Oakland, you don’t like baseball.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    APBA guy is probably over at Blue Bottle tying on a cappuccino buzz.

    • APBA Guy - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      It’s a little humid tonight so it’s the New Orleans iced coffee for me, the same one you had, if you recall.

      Still two weeks to go, and I do not count my chickens, but I sure do prefer being up 5 games at this point rather than down 5.

  6. badintent - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Moneyball !! good on the field and the movie. But Brad Pitt sucks as an actor. Like watching paint dry. The dude should take some acting lessons or ask his wife or ex how to have some facial expressions or raise his voice for some emotion. He looks like he’s trying to out Damon Matt Damon in the bad acting world.

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      You’re right. Let’s get Keanu Reeves!

      • badintent - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        God. The horror of Johnny Mimonic talking to his mom . Almost as bad as Matt/Brad. Hey ,You just gave me a great idea. Have all three of them have needles spikes pumped into their heads at the same time in Matrix 5.0. “the Experiment 51”

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        I’ve never forgiven anyone associated with Johnny Mnemonic (except author William Gibson, whose brilliant wonderful cyberpunk short story collection Burning Chrome they raped to make it) for producing that disaster in the first place. That was a Christian Slater role, you assholes!

        I can’t really imagine why none of Gibson’s other novels have been made into films yet except that Hollywood is hopelessly in thrall to crapola shoot-em-ups, cannibal zombie and car chase movies. Ecccchhhhh. Ridley Scott could take Count Zero and make the cyberpunk equivalent of Blade Runner out of it, and oh dear Buddha, what couldn’t Guillermo del Toro do with The Difference Engine?

  7. butchhuskey - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    The A’s have been extremely fun to watch over the past two seasons. The depth on that team is incredible. Hopefully this year they make some noise in the playoffs.

  8. miketreedy - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    The Rangers have totally collapsed for the second straight September. I’m not optimistic they can win the wild card at this point even though the do finish the year against the Astros & Angels. Two teams they have been able to be all year. The Rangers are in for big changes in 2014.

    • bendover09 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      How is it a collapse when they had all the injuries? The Rangers stuck in the race as long as thwy could. I guess everyone already forgot about that who situation. Almost just like the other night during the A’s & Rangers game where probably the worst call of the year goes unnoticed. With the playy Rios going to third. But yet we talk about a bad strike three call from the Phillies game.

      • beefytrout - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Because they haven’t lost anyone to injuries in September. When September started, they had a 2 game lead. Now they are back 6.5 games. That’s called a collapse.

      • beefytrout - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Even worse, the Rangers expanded their roster thanks to September call-ups, rendering your “injuries” point even more moot.

      • clydeserra - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        that was far from the worst call of the year. wrong, sure. would be overturned next year? probably.

        But it was very close. not close to the worst call.

        A worse call was the strike three to longoria in the 9th of a one run game that got nathan his [some even number I don’t keep track] save.

        OH HEY, against the Rays! a team in direct competition for something something that the rangers are in the lead for, or maybe tied, WITH THE RAYS!

        Hey now lets talk about that bad call

      • clydeserra - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        @beef I didn’t realize that Colby lewis was now on the roster? Also the yearlong absence of Feliz and ogando.

        the Rangers pitching has been hurt, no question, and september call ups will not help.

      • beefytrout - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        clydeserra – “in September”… important words to remember. The Rangers collapse, the topic of my post, has taken place IN SEPTEMBER. anyone that has been out due to an injury (like Lewis and Harrison) was already out when September started, so you cant blame the September collapse on those injuries. and the last time I checked, Feliz and Ogando have been active and available during this collapse, which again… has taken place IN SEPTEMBER.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Just proves Moneyball works.

  10. miketreedy - Sep 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I’m a Rangers fan as well but let’s deal with reality. Injuries are not what has caused this collapse. Yes we have had injuries but all teams do. The Yankees are right behind use for wildcard and they have had more injuries and play in a far tougher division. Bad play is the reason for this collapse especially by Kinsler, Elvis, Garza, Mooreland, Murphy, Profar (understanding he is a rookie) & Holland (down the stretch). If the Astros hadn’t moved to the AL (our record is 14-2 against) we would likely not even be in the wild card race. Our record against good teams is very poor. If the Rangers believe the problem is only injuries, like you seem to believe, we will have similar issues next year.

    • beefytrout - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Moreland and Murphy have most likely played their way out of Rangers uniforms. Garza’s performance has fallen off, and Dutch has had a few bad starts but I excuse him from blame because he’s been our only healthy starter and has pitched effectively on the whole.

      The person who gets the axe here has to be Dave Magadan.

    • ssf187 - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      What are you talking about? The Rangers weren’t poor against good teams. When you look at their records against contenders, they won the season series against both the Red Sox and the Tigers, won their only series against the Reds and swept the Cardinals. They finished 9-10 against the A’s(who also get to play the Astros 19 times, by the way).

      What killed the Rangers was their inability to play consistently good baseball against bad teams. They didn’t take care of business against dregs like the Blue Jays(remember that godawful 4-game sweep?), Twins, White Sox, etc. You’ve really got to point the finger at Wash for those failures. His alleged abilities as a motivator are supposed to make up for his insanely stupid tactical decisions, but he sure hasn’t been able to motivate the team very well whenever they play teams they ought to beat from outside the division.

      • beefytrout - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        When Wash had the late summer meeting, the Rangers responded with their best baseball. Problem is, Wash only thinks he needs to say things once and then be done with it. By the time the problem rears its head again and Wash realizes he needs to step in again, it’s too late.

        Players love playing for Wash because he doesn’t get on their asses. But sometimes they need that.

  11. bendover09 - Sep 15, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Yes pitching Wolf , Grimm, Tepasch, lindblom, whatever random as starter … yeah that is no reason to be concern .

  12. peddealer - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Too bad none of these new Rangers in Arlington wont buy my products like Hamilton used to…. Notice how he moved away and thought he could play on “natural” power only?

  13. peddealer - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Texas needs to send all players to me for supplements immediately after testing by the MLB.

    A. Bosch

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