Getting swept is never fun, especially when it's at home at the hands of a divisional rival. The Oakland Athletics fell 3-0 to Texas on Wednesday, as Rangers pitcher Martin Perez extended his scoreless-innings streak to 26. Perez struck out only three, but getting fourteen A's batters to ground out was the key to his economical 109-pitch, complete-game effort.
If there's good news, it's that Sonny Gray's solid outing – he gave up three runs over seven innings -- marks the 20th time in 21 games that an A's starter has allowed three earned runs or fewer. And Drew Pomeranz, acquired in the deal that sent the oft-injured Brett Anderson to the Colorado Rockies, pitched a scoreless eighth to lower his ERA to 1.93. (By the way, a change of scenery hasn't helped Anderson, at least thus far: he had surgery last Thursday on his fractured left index finger and is expected to be out four to six weeks.)
* The A's hadn't been swept in a home series since September 3-5, 2012 (against the Angels).
* The team needs one more win (out of their next seven) to clinch their 11th consecutive winning month, dating back to June 2012.
* The A's, who committed one error on Wednesday, are now 10-4 when making one or more errors, compared with 3-4 when going errorless.
Posted by C.S. Soong