It seems like everyone in the American League West, is really missing an opportunity to grab the lead and run away with it. The Rangers will have to remain happy with a series win and not the sweep, and quickly get ready for the Astros tomorrow. The Rangers lost today to the Atlanta Braves, final score Atlanta 4 Texas 2.
Alexi Ogando picked up the start on the game, his first start after earning his first loss of the season. Again Ogando, walked away with a loss. In five innings Ogando allowed five hits and three runs (one earned), he allowed a walk and only had three strikeouts. In 104 pitches the righty threw only 67 for strikes.
The two RBIs in the game came from Josh Hamilton and Yorvit Torrealba. The ugly in this game came from a play early in the game where Torrealba and Michael Young, the players ran into each other on what appeared to be a routine fly ball. The scary in this game was that Torrealba and Ogando were both severely dehydrated after the game and had to be put on an IV.
The Rangers need to win, if not sweep, this upcoming series against the Astros. Monday Derek Holland will face J.A. Happ, Tuesday C.J. Wilson will face recent call-up Jordan Lyles, and Wednesday Brett Myers will face Colby Lewis. Last June the Rangers put the other AL West teams behind them and never looked back, I look for Texas to repeat.