Talk about a case of the Mondays.
The Oakland A’s fell behind early and never recovered in an 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, opening their four-game series in Arlington with a whimper.
This contest was over almost as quickly as it began. Starter Frankie Montas got ambushed for five runs in the 1st inning, and the A’s lineup never got much of a comeback going. They chipped away a little bit, but Texas added some insurance to put it out of reach for good.
The opening rally began with a single that maybe should have been ruled an error on fill-in third baseman Chad Pinder, but there wasn’t any question about the hits that came next. First was a double to deep center that would have cleared the Coliseum fence, then a double down the LF line, and then a three-run homer by Andy Ibañez, the first of the 28-year-old rookie’s MLB career.
From there Montas settled down for a while, retiring 13 of 15 batters to take him through the end of the 5th inning. But in the 6th it unraveled again, even with some help from the ump on a blown call that gave Oakland a free out — the Rangers batter clearly hit it off his foot but it…