This and that …
Some postgame tidbits as we say farewell to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for the last time this season:
- The A’s improved to 30-13 in day games this season after Sunday’s win.
- The club now has 8 home runs through the first 6 games of their current road trip through Cleveland and Texas. They had just 3 over their previous 14 contests.
- Gio Gonzalez’s 12 wins are an ongoing career high and second on the team only to Trevor Cahill, who is 14-5. He improved to 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 7 career games – 5 of them starts – against Texas.
- Mark Ellis’ fourth-inning homer was his first since June 17 at Wrigley Field, ending a 56-game drought. It marked his first long ball against an AL club since May 29 at Detroit’s Comerica Park.
- The A’s have a Major League-leading 52 stolen bases since the All-Star Break and 117 overall, which ranks third in the AL and the Majors.
- Cliff Pennington earned his 23rd stolen base Sunday, and that’s the most by an A’s infielder since Carney Lansford tallied 35 of his 37 steals in 1989 while playing in the infield.
- Kevin Kouzmanoff homered Sunday for the second time in three games, and he’s now 9-for-20 with 8 RBIs on the road trip after going 4-for-42 (.095) over his previous 14 games.
- Craig Breslow entered Sunday’s game having allowed at least one run in six of his nine August outings, but he managed to toss two perfect innings against the Rangers after Gio’s exit.
- Michael Wuertz followed Breslow with a shutout ninth and has not allowed an earned run in 21 of his past 24 appearances after posting a 7.71 ERA over his first 17 outings.