Texas Rangers: Team Falls To 0-2 For First Time Since 2007

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Mar 1, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers have fallen to 0-2. For the first time in ten years they’ve lost their first two games of the season. Obviously, this isn’t the way Texas was hoping to start the season. However, there’s no reason to panic yet. Only two games have concluded. There’s still 160 to go.

At 0-2, Texas is currently at the bottom of the American League West standings. Losing game two with a score of 4-3, the offense could not power through. Pitching did it’s best, but the lack of support from the offense led the to the narrow defeat.

Martin Perez stepped on the mound. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out four batters. Not bad of a performance. Unfortunately, Perez was given the loss. However, his performance was decent. Relief pitching allowed two hits, surrendered one run and struck out five batters. Overall, a very good performance by the pitching corps. Forcing Cleveland’s batting lineup to go 7-for-32 is a positive performance. Shame, the pitching corps didn’t get much support from the bats. No doubt, pitching played better than they did on Opening Night.

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Offense 7-for-32 and struck out ten times. Terrible night for Texas’ batting lineup. Texas entered the bottom of the second inning, trailing 3-0 when Joey Gallo blasted a two-run homer. Texas entered the bottom on the ninth, trailing 4-2. Mike Napoli doubled deep to left center, allowing Texas to make it a 4-3 game. However, with Napoli still in scoring position, they failed to capitalize. Seven players failed to register a hit, including Carlos Gomez and Rougned Odor. Nomar Mazara and Gallo were the only ones to register more than one hit. Gomez, Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, and Napoli went a combined 3-for-17.

It’s now time to move on. Texas needs to worry about their next game. There’s still 160 games to go. There’s no reason to let negativity invade the clubhouse this early into the 2017 season.

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Cole Hamels step on the mound for game three of this series. Hamels needs to be himself. He needs to find a way to battle and to defeat this tough Cleveland team. The last thing the Texas Rangers need is an 0-3 start.

The last time Texas started out 0-3 was in 2007. Additionally, Texas went 75-87 that year. Regrettably, it would be a shame if 2017 goes repeats what happened ten years ago.

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