The Texas Rangers seemed to be on the verge of winning a series, but a bad second inning by Miles Mikolas was too much for them to over come.
The Rangers managed to picked up game on against the Oakland Athletics on Friday with Jerome Williams on the mound. That was the third series opener the Rangers have won in a row. In Saturday’s game it was a night where the Athletics took advantage of every hit to score runs and the Rangers had several missed opportunities.
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Tonight Mikolas had one bad inning where he gave up 5 runs in the second, he did manage to calm down a bit and regained some of his control, but the damage was done. For the night he only pitched 4.2 innings, allowed 7 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), 4 walks and only 1 strikeout.
He said after the game that his command was his issue tonight. He wasn’t getting the ball over the plate and he was pushing it outside too much. He said he was just going back to some bad habits. While he was in New York last week he looked very good. He held the Yankees to just 2 earned runs over 7.1 winnings while earning his first quality start and win as a Texas Rangers.
Overall, after the break the Texas Rangers are playing better. The starting pitching and bullpen has kept them in games, it has been a lack of offense that hasn’t won it for them. They played well enough to sweep the Yankees in New York and they played well enough to win the series against the Athletics.
The Texas Rangers are not going to make the playoffs this year and are not playing for that goal right now. But, they are starting to play good baseball again and could play spoilers in September.