For one start, Bartolo Colon flashed back to the way he began the season for the A's. Spotting his fastball beautifully all game, Colon used a key double play to settle in and three eight shutout innings as the A's took the third game of this four-game series 2-0 over Texas. Brian Fuentes pitched a clean ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.
The offense was provided by Yoenis Cespedes, who went 3-3 with a single, a double, and a triple. The single made the game 2-0 and proved to be more than enough for Colon, who won his fifth game of the year. The A's first run was scored in the second, when after a Cespedes double, Brandon Inge smacked a single to drive him in.
The Rangers best threat came in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and one out, Rangers third baseman Mitch Moreland hit into a well turned 4-6-3 double play and the threat was over. Although the A's only managed six hits, they managed a pair of clutch ones and that proved to be the difference.
Good: Bartolo Colon. Against the best lineup top to bottom in baseball, Colon absolutely sparkled. Five measly hits in eight innings and only one walk. Just a gem of a start.
Good (tie): Yoenis Cespedes. The Cuban Missile is starting to show all the tools that made him the most in-demand foreign free agent hitter this winter/spring. Great adjustments on all three at-bats and when Nelson Cruz misplayed his sinking liner, A's fans got to see the blazing speed Cespedes possesses. He has raised his batting average by 24 points since coming off the disabled list, now hitting a very respectable .269 for the year.
Bad: Again, it may very well be nit-picking, but Coco Crisp went 0-4 and is hitting a paltry .158 overall. That happens in light of the fact that Collin Cowgill has been raking recently and makes little to no sense to me. Crisp is not hitting and while a plus-fielding centerfielder, I do not think he merits being the reason Cespedes is moved to left.
Now 25-32, the A's look to win their first series in over a month as Brandon McCarthy faces Yu Darvish in a Thursday matinee at the Coliseum. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m.
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