Instant Analysis: Rangers jump on top of Gossett, pull away from A's
ARLINGTON, Texas — Combine the briefest of starts for Daniel Gossett and the A’s inability to cash in on prime scoring opporunities, and the results were predictable Saturday night at Globe Life Park.
Oakland couldn’t climb out of an early hole and lost 8-4, their second loss in a row after taking the opener of this four-game series to close the 2017 season. They’ll take the field one last time Sunday afternoon looking to gain a split with the Rangers and notch their 75th win.
Gossett (4-11), trying to take some good vibes into the offseason, couldn’t find his rhythm to close a rough September. He couldn’t make it out of the second inning and surrendered four runs, including the first of Joey Gallo’s two home runs.
The A’s finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, hurting themselves with inning-ending double plays with men in scoring position in both the second and third innings
Milestone for Joyce
The bright spot for the A’s was Matt Joyce connecting for his 25th homer, a solo shot in the eighth. That gives the A’s three players with 25 or more homers this year (Khris Davis has 42 and Ryon Healy 25). Marcus Semien added a solo shot in the ninth. The A’s have homered in a season-high 17 games in a row. Their 233 homers overall are fourth most in franchise history, and they need two Sunday to tie the 1999 club for third place.
GALLO’S BIG NIGHT
Gallo connected for his 40th homer of the season off Gossett, a 434-foot shot on to the grass beyond the center field wall. He dialed long distance again in the third off Simon Castro, driving a ball deep into the seats in right field. The 41 homers are the most by a Ranger since Josh Hamilton had 43 in 2012. Crazy stat: Gallo has a homer in 15 different ballparks this season, second most in club history (Juan Gonzalez went deep in 16 in 1999).
Plans for the winter?
A’s top prospect Franklin Barreto would like to play winter ball in his native Venezuela. Manager Bob Melvin says he’s on board with Barreto doing so because he knows how much it means to his young infielder, but he added that the A’s front office would have a say in that decision. Outfielder Jake Smolinski is another Athletic who plans to play winter ball after missing most of this season with a shoulder injury.