Instant replay and observations from the Rangers’ 9-1 loss to Oakland on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum:
What you need to know: A miserable road trip is finally over. The Rangers lost five of the final six games on the trip and finished at 3-6. They were outscored 28-18 over that six-game span. At 5-10, the Rangers have their worst 15-game record since 2002 (4-11), a season that ended with 90 losses, the hiring of Buck Showalter. It was not a glorious year in Rangers history.
Dude of the day: Joey Gallo went 1 for 2 with his fourth home run, tying Nomar Mazara for the team lead. He also took his eighth walk. It was a nice day. But really he wins the honor because he was the one Ranger who didn’t look completely moribund. He started two double play at third base and has really played nice defense in the absence of Adrian Beltre. Yes, he’s hitting only .191, but the batting average is always going to be low.
Rotation report: Martin Perez tried to meet the Rangers’ request for pitching inside with miserable first-inning results. In what became a 39-pitch, three-run inning, 24 of his pitches were either over the inner third of the plate for farther inside to hitters. Perez allowed three consecutive two-out hits in the inning. He then threw 21 more pitches in the second, despite facing only four hitters. It clinched a very short afternoon for him. Perez was gone with two outs in the fourth. The only time he pitched less than four innings last year was in an end-of-season playoff tuneup when he went three innings.
Did you know? We’ve mentioned this before, but with each passing day, it gets more amazing. The Rangers have not won a game in which they have scored fewer than seven runs this season.
See you later: Manager Jeff Banister got himself ejected in the third inning for arguing a foul ball call on a roller to third base. It was a similar play to the one Sunday that helped the Rangers, but given the way the last week has gone for the Rangers, Banister may have simply been attempting to give his team something of an emotional boost with a tirade at umpire Bill Welke. If so, it did not get immediate results. It’s the eighth ejection of his career, though one was by Joe West and we’re not sure if that should count.
‘Child’s play: That’s what opposing hitters are making of Mike Hauschild’s repertoire. The A’s hit three homers in 3.1 innings against him Wednesday. Hauschild, a Rule 5 pick from Houston, has allowed homers in three straight outings and five homers in eight major league innings. With a shortage of long relief arms, the Rangers may have to consider ending the experiment and offering him back to Houston for $50,000. If the Astros (and all other clubs) pass on him or a trade can be arranged, the Rangers could then option him to the minors. The Rangers likely need protection for their bullpen Thursday.
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