Texas Rangers: Team Suffers Second Straight Loss
The Texas Rangers lose their second straight game today 9-4. This loss results of their series-winning streak of four to snap. Luckily, they’re still in second place in the American League West standings thanks to the Angels losing. Texas is 7.0 games behind the first place Houston Astros. Despite losing two straight, they’re very lucky to still be in second place. However, they need to begin a new winning streak starting tomorrow night in their final game in Boston.
Another tough night for the Texas Rangers. Just like game one, everything started out okay, but soon, everything fell apart. A total of three errors and a bad relief in the seventh inning is what led to this humiliating defeat. At one point, Texas had a 3-1 lead. The team is 24-23. Quite frankly, they should have a much better record than this.
Martin Perez stepped on the mound. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, and striking out four batters. Fortunately, he earned a no-decision. What’s unfortunate is what started off as what was a decent game for him, finished a 9-4 loss. Again, he’s lucky he didn’t get the loss.
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Sam Dyson came in to relieve Perez, however he lasted no more than five seconds, allowing four hits, and striking no batters, thus suffering his fifth loss, and fourth blown save of the season.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx came in for 1.2 of pitching, allowing two hits, one run, and striking out one batter. Despite the miscues, Texas’ pitching did force Boston to leave six men on base. Overall, not a very strong performance. Pitching is tied for tenth in hits with 407.
Texas is tied for fifth in the league in errors with 34. Texas’ defense leads the league in double plays with 61. However, they’re second in the league in wild pitches, which has been a problem for the team all season long.
Offense finished 7-for-33, striking out eight times. Mike Napoli is the only with multiple hits. Elvis Andrus, Jonathan Lucroy, and Robinson Chirinos all went hit-less. Offense is 21st in hits with 372 and tenth in runs with 225. They’re also tied for eight in home runs with 64 and they’re ninth in strikeouts with 390.
Texas must win game three. The last thing they need right now is being swept. Immediately after game three, the head north of the border for a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. We know how Texas cannot stand the Blue Jays. In any case, Texas needs to be ready for Toronto. Another thing they don’t want is letting Toronto humiliate them again.