Nick Martinez had been good leading up to this game, but he was just outmatched last night. The Indians had no trouble hitting whatever he threw up there, and Scott Baker didn’t do much better. Martinez surrendered 8 earned runs, while Baker surrendered 9.
“Nick just couldn’t command his fastball tonight,” Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters after the game. “When he did throw it over the plate, they hit it. At least he found his breaking ball and changeup. They just came out and swung the bat, no matter what we put out there.” texasrangers.com
The good news? The Texas Rangers did score 7 runs, Nick Tepesch and Robbie Ross looked very good, and the Indians are leaving town. Look, if you watch enough baseball, you will get to see your favorite team get smashed several times a season, it just tends to happen that way. I the next few weeks the Texas Rangers will smash some other poor team the way they were beat down last night. That is just the way it goes.
The Texas Rangers start a quick 2 game set with the Miami Marlins tonight, with Colby Lewis on the hill this evening and Yu Darvish tomorrow. Let’s put this one behind us and get ready for the Marlins.