They say momentum is only as good as the next day’s starter, and for the Rangers, that was good news coming into Wednesday’s game against the Oakland A’s. 

Texas had lost its last three games entering today’s game, and it needed a negative momentum stopper… enter Cody Bradford

Bradford was coming off a dominating performance against the Houston Astros, in which he allowed just one run in 7.2 innings of work

Tonight, Bradford had an amazing encore, going 6.2 innings and allowing 0 earned runs while striking out 7 as the Rangers took down the A’s by a score of 6-2. 

“It started with Bradford, another great start. He was terrific, wasn’t he? [He] had good stuff, command, and four pitches working. He pounded the strike zone very well,” said Rangers manager Bruce Bochy after the game. 

When Bradford left the game, he received his second straight standing ovation, but this time was slightly different. 

“I definitely was looking around a lot more; I’m not a big ra ra guy, so I’m not gonna bow or anything like that, but I try to give a tip of the cap when the fans are showing appreciation like that, it’s special,” Bradford said. 

Any pitcher knows it’s special when a crowd acknowledges you like that, but when it’s your hometown crowd, it means a little bit more. 

“I just wanna help the Texas Rangers win baseball games; growing up a local kid, it means a lot to see this team win, not just for me but for my family and the whole DFW area.”

In his last start, Cody Bradford didn’t surrender a run until the 8th inning, with two away. Tonight, in the first inning, a throwing error by Josh Smith put the A’s on the corners. With two outs in the inning, Tyler Nevin stroked a single into right field to put Oakland ahead 1-0. 

Josh Smith wouldn’t wait long to make up for his error. In the bottom of the first, he lined an RBI single into right field to tie the game at one. The very next batter was Jonah Heim, who laced an opposite-field single to plate two and gave Texas a 3-1 lead.

The Rangers would pull away in the fourth after a Marcus Semien RBI double and an Adolis Garcia two RBI single helped Texas extend its lead to 6-1. 

Following Bradford’s strong outing, Texas used Yerry Rodriguez, David Robertson, and Jacob Latz to shut the door on this one and help Texas even the series.

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