A’s have easy time with Rangers
The right-hander pitched a five-hitter for his milestone win and the Oakland
“If you’re going to do it, do it the right way,” said Tomko, who threw 114 pitches in his second career shutout. “That makes it more memorable.”
Released by the New York
Tomko retired the first two batters in the ninth inning before
“We were going to let him go,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said. “Obviously, his pitch count wasn’t high. We were going to give him every opportunity to finish as long as the game wasn’t in jeopardy.”
Texas was shut out for the second consecutive game and has not scored in 19 innings.
Feldman (16-5) came into the game on the best run of his career.
Over his previous four starts, the right-hander allowed only earned run in 26 1-3 innings for a 0.34 ERA. He added five more scoreless innings before the
Feldman, tied for second in the
“We want to put ourselves in as good a position as possible and we haven’t done that the last two days,” Feldman said. “Regardless, we’re still in this thing. We just need to show the character we’ve shown all year and move on.”
Feldman allowed a second-inning double to
Kennedy hit a roller between the mound and first that
“I didn’t execute my pitches or throw the ball where I wanted to,” Feldman said.
Tomko, who has a 100-102 career record, allowed one hit through four innings. He gave up leadoff singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh, but all three runners were erased by double plays to end the scoring threats.
His only other shutout was Aug. 26, 2004, with San Francisco against Florida. His previous complete game came in 2005 for the
“It was easy to fall into a good pace,” Tomko said. “Once we got some runs and built a lead, I could smell it a little bit.”
Feldman was removed in favor of
Kennedy added a two-run single in the eighth.