Sunday afternoon, the Texas Rangers dropped a close series finale to the Los Angeles Angels to fall to 3-4 on the young season.
On a Sunday afternoon dominated by the final round of the 2016 Masters (Jordan Spieth what happened?!), the Texas Rangers were wrapping up their fourth game in a four game series against division rival, Los Angeles.
On The Mound
Martin Perez made his second start of 2016, taking a loss in his first decision. Despite the loss, Perez put up another quality outing going 6.1 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits. Perez did struggle some with location walking 5 batters and recording no strikeouts. Despite Perez’s struggles, the bullpen remained solid with Tony Barnette throwing .2 innings without allowing a baserunner and Phil Klein throwing the eighth inning also not allowing a baserunner.
At The Plate
Making his major league debut, prospect Nomar Mazara led the way for the Texas Rangers offensively. Mazara, who was called up to replace the injured Shin Soo Choo, went 3-4 on the day. In his first major league at-bat, Mazara singled to right field off Jered Weaver, following it up with another single in his second at-bat. In his third at-bat of the day, Mazara launched a first pitch homerun over the center field fence to record his first Major League homer.
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Also recording a hit for the Rangers on Sunday were Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland and Ian Desmond. Throughout the day, the Texas Rangers struggled to push across runs against Jered Weaver.
The Rangers suffered two key injuries Saturday with OF Shin-Soo Choo and C Robinson Chirinos. Choo suffered a strained right calf which will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Robinson Chirinos suffered a broken right forearm in Saturday night’s game that put him on the 60-day DL and has him out for 10-12 weeks.
Texas will play the Seattle Mariners for the second time this season when they open up a series on the road Monday night.