Thearon W. Henderson
Robbie Ross and his bullpen mates got a lot of work in over the weekend and the team used seven pitchers Sunday heading into Monday's doubleheader.
The second-guessing was already pouring out on social media regarding Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington's decision to go to ever-struggling Joseph Ortiz in a tie game with runners on in the sixth inning and he walked his only batter to load the bases.
Then, he went with Jason Frasor, who walked in a run against his only batter to give Oakland a lead.
Everyone will remember Ian Kinsler's and A.J. Pierzynski's heroics later in the game, but Robbie Ross was the first big hero of Thursday's 4-3 win to take three of four games and finish off an otherwise disappointing 11-game homestand.
Ross entered the game with the bases full and no outs before striking out two batters and inducing a pop-up from Coco Crisp, escaping with the one-run deficit instead of one that could've been much worse. He did give up a run the following inning before being replaced by Tanner Scheppers, but it was still a heroic effort from Ross in a really tight spot in a game that had every feel of an October nail-biter.