Loss to A's goes downhill fast for Feldman

Loss to A's goes downhill fast for Feldman

Loss to A's goes downhill fast for Feldman
OAKLAND -- Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman breezed through the first inning Monday night, retiring the Oakland A's in order and striking out the final two batters of the frame.

Then the bottom of the second arrived, and Feldman's nightmare began.

Feldman gave up seven hits, including a three-run homer to Brandon Inge, and eight earned runs during a second-inning disaster when the A's sent 13 batters to the plate. Feldman's ERA soared from 4.50 to 7.01, his record fell to 0-4, and the Rangers absorbed a 12-1 loss.

The Rangers never came close to mounting a comeback after spotting Oakland an early 8-0 lead. A's rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker held them without a hit for seven innings. Michael Young finally broke up Parker's no-hit bid when he grounded a single to center field leading off the eighth.

The A's entered the game hitting a Major League-worst .209 and had been shut out 11 times, the most in baseball. Then they proceeded to pound everything that Feldman threw in the second.

"I felt great," said Feldman, who lasted only 1 2/3 innings. "Everything in my preparation this week went well. I went out there tonight, had a good first inning then the second inning ran into some trouble. Hung a pitch. Inge hit it out. After that it was just like, you know, they just kept getting hits. Hit after hit after hit. I did leave a few pitches up there. They also just kept finding holes. It was like a runaway truck with no brakes. I just really couldn't stop the bleeding. That's not how you want to do things."

Feldman's past three losses came after replacing the injured Neftali Feliz in the rotation. Feliz is on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow and is out until at least the All-Star break. The Rangers signed right-hander Roy Oswalt to a Minor League contract last week. He threw two scoreless innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday but will make at least three more starts before he's ready for a promotion.

The question now is whether Feldman will remain in the rotation.

"I don't think I had time to even think about anything like that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Good question, though."

Washington acknowledged that he doesn't have "a whole lot of options" for his rotation.

"I don't think anyone feels worse about tonight than Scott," Washington said. "He goes out there and pitches his heart out. It just didn't happen for him tonight. That's all."

Feldman said he hopes Washington gives him a chance to redeem himself.

"Everyone has bad games. Obviously it was a bad performance and put the team in a bad situation, getting down to an early deficit like that," Feldman said. "I'm hoping I can get the ball again and try to right the ship."

Parker allowed just one hit over eight innings against Texas, which entered the game hitting a Major League-best .288.

"An 8-0 lead is fun to pitch with, and after we got those runs, it was something where I just wanted to get out there and get the guys back in as quick as I could, and wanted to throw strikes, pitch good and let them put the ball in play and just followed [catcher Kurt Suzuki] all night," Parker said.

Parker had thoughts of pitching a no-hitter until Young singled to center in the eighth.

"He threw well," Young said. "You have to give him credit. We weren't able to get anything going offensively. When they had that big second inning, he did a great job of coming after us, which is what you have to do, throw strikes and work quickly."

Josh Hamilton struck out twice against Parker.

"He was great," Hamilton said. "He did a good job. He mixed his pitches and kept us off-balance."

A's center fielder Yoenis Cespedes opened the bottom of the second inning with a walk, and Seth Smith singled him to second. Inge then crushed a hanging curveball deep into the left-field seats, putting the A's ahead, 3-0, with his sixth home run of the season.

It only got worse for Feldman. Kila Ka'aihue and Suzuki hit back-to-back singles, and Cliff Pennington ripped an RBI double, snapping his career-high 0-for-29 skid. Jemile Weeks lined a two-run single to right, making it 6-0.

Feldman finally got an out, retiring Collin Cowgill on a ground ball to second. After Josh Reddick reached on a fielder's choice, Feldman struck out Cespedes, but Smith grounded a single to right, scoring Weeks and ending Feldman's night.

"They swung the bats," Washington said. "I wish some of those balls they hit found somebody, but it wasn't like he was walking people and putting them all over the bags and that was happening. You got to tip your hat. They swung the bats tonight. They're a Major League club and tonight they swung the bats and put up some runs."

Inge greeted reliever Robbie Ross with a run-scoring single, but Ross retired Ka'aihue to end the inning.

Mike Napoli ended the shutout with a homer in the ninth inning off of A's reliever Jim Miller, but that came long after far too much damage had been done.

Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.