Minus Josh Hamilton, Rangers Lose in the Ninth: Detroit 3 Texas 2

Panic in Detroit! Your Texas Rangers are on a two game losing streak. In 12 games, the Texas Rangers are now 9 and 3. A saying in baseball I really like is “Every team will lose 60 games and win 60 games; it’s what you do with the other 60 that makes or breaks you.” Before April I would have taken a 9-3 start to the season with no questions asked.                             

There isn’t a tremendous amount to recap in this game. Bullpen pitcher Dave Bush got the start on the game, and handed it off to Mason Tobin collectively going 5 innings and allowing no runs. Mark Lowe gave up two runs in the sixth inning, and Arthur Rhodes pitched a scoreless hitless inning. Darren Oliver pitched solid through the 8th inning but then gave up the walk-off home run to Brandon Inge to lose the game.

 Offense Lacking:

 For a second game in a row the Ranger’s couldn’t get the bats moving. RBI singles from Nelson Cruz and David Murphy providing the only runs in the game. That’s basically it for the offense, they need to get the bats moving.

Series Loss:

 Texas picked up their first series loss on the season. The Rangers have won all games at home and are .500 on the road. I’m disappointed with the events of the past two days but not the season. The Rangers currently hold the best record in baseball and a .500 road record is not horrible.

 Next Up:

 The Rangers get a day off on Thursday and take on the Yankees for a 3-game series at Yankee Stadium. I am really looking forward to this series, to see how the team matches up against a power club. Not to mention, we are going into New York with all our young guns firing. Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando are all scheduled to pitch this weekend.

 -Jonathan

Topics: Arthur Rhodes, Brandon Inge, Darren Oliver, Dave Bush, Detroit Tigers, Harrison, Holland, Josh Hamilton, Mark Lowe, Mason Tobin, Ogando, Texas Rangers

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  • Holden

    “Every team will lose 60 games and win 60 games; it’s what you do with the other 60 that makes or breaks you.”

    Nice quote.

    There is no cause for panic here. Leaving Oliver on the mound in the 9th was questionable, but losing a series is not the end of the world.

    • Jonathan Collander

      Thanks! Not mine but I like the quote too. No panic here just pointing out the absurdity people in DFW are portraying right now. Really look to the weekend against the Yanks as a good benchmark for this club.