Texas Rangers: Pitching and Fielding Issues Lead To Loss Against Boston
The Texas Rangers fall short 11-6 in game one of their series in Boston. Texas remains in second place in the American League West, however they fall to seven games behind the first place Houston Astros, who are on a two-game winning streak. The third place Los Angeles Angels are on a two-game winning, so Texas better start winning if they want to avoid falling further behind.
Overall, it just wasn’t the night for the Texas Rangers. Things started off okay, but then pitching began to struggle and despite the offense’s efforts to keep them in the game, they ultimately fell short. However, pitching doesn’t deserve the whole blame as the fielding failed to make catches that would have resulted in outs. Boston simply took advantage of the defense’s miscues. At the moment, Texas is tied for tenth in errors with 31 total.
Andrew Cashner took the mound, looking to win his second straight game for the first time since September of 2014. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowing six hits, five runs, and striking out only two batters, thus falling to 1-4.
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Bullpen couldn’t do anything to prevent Boston from inflicting more damage. Allowing six hits, six runs, and striking out five batters is the reason Texas fell further behind.
Overall, as rough of an evening Texas’ pitching corps had, they did force Boston to leave a total of eight men on base. Perhaps there is something positive from the pitching in this game. The pitching’s ERA of 3.95 puts Texas ninth in the league. They’re also tied for tenth in hits allowed and tied for 18th for runs allowed.
Offense finished 13-for-36, striking out five times. Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo, and Jared Hoying each had two hits. In the eight inning, Gallo hit his 14th homer this year. Elvis Andrus is the only Ranger without a hit in this game. Offense is 21st and tied for ninth in runs scored. They’re also tied for seventh in homers and they’re ninth in strikeouts.
Martin Perez steps on the mound for game two. He squares off against Chris Sale, who’s 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA. Texas is in for tough night. However, they need to find a way as they can’t fall on a losing streak.