Cole Irvin strikes out 8 over 7 innings, A’s beat Rangers

by | Jul 23, 2022 | Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — A couple of weeks back, Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt noticed Cole Irvin struggling in the early innings, so the veteran spoke up and shared a little something Madison Bumgarner does just before taking the mound: The big lefty throws his last five or 10 pitches as hard as he can.Irvin is now doing just that thanks to Vogt’s insight, and what a difference it’s making.Irvin struck out eight and didn’t allow an earned run over seven sparkling innings for his first back-to-back wins this year, and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 Friday night.MadBum might fire 10 pitches at top effort, Irvin will stick to five to conserve some energy for his outing.“I kind of applied that to my pregame routine. Tried it out my last start, I liked it, tried it this start, I liked it again, so I think it’s going to be part of it for the next start, too,” Irvin said. “… That’s what’s great about this game, is you can never stop learning.”Ramón Laureano hit a go-ahead homer on a full-count with two out in the fifth, then Seth Brown added a two-run drive later that inning for the A’s against Texas right-hander Spencer Howard (1-2).Irvin (5-7) retired the initial nine Rangers batters in order before Marcus Semien’s leadoff single in the fourth against his former club. Adolis Gar …

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