The Oakland Athletics have swept the Texas Rangers in three games and won the American League West. The playoffs return to Oakland after a six-year absence, and Oakland can sure use the good news.
The Oakland A’s won the third game in dramatic fashion: a 12-5 victory that looked for all the World like a loss, as the two-time AL West Champion Rangers took a 5-1 lead to start the first three innings of the contest.
Then the A’s exposed for six runs in the 4th inning, and one more run in the fifth to tie the contest.
Then in the 8th inning, the Oakland Athletics removed any doubt, scoring four runs to make the scoring difference 12 to 5, and seal the win.
And to think, the A’s did all of this with just a $55 million payroll.