The Texas Rangers come up short in game one of their series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. As a result, Texas drops their fourth consecutive game. Furthermore, Texas is now nine games behind the Houston Astros, who are in first place in the American League West. Due to the L.A. Angels losing, had Texas won, they’d be back in second place. Texas must get it done tomorrow night.
A disastrous start. Texas finds themselves down 5-1 in the third inning, however they made 5-3 in the fifth. They entered the ninth, trailing 7-3, however they did manage to score three runs. However, they ultimately fell short. There’s no quit in this team, but soon they need to win games again.
A.J. Griffin took the mound. He pitched only 1.1 innings, allowing three hits, four runs, and striking out two batters, thus suffering his second straight loss. In the second inning, he allowed a grand slam. Soon after he was pulled out after apparently suffering an injury.
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Austin Bibens-Dirkx relieved Griffin, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing a career-high four hits, three runs, and striking out a career-high five batters. Jeremy Jeffress then entered, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out two batters. Matt Bush pitched 0.1 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out no batters.
Texas’ pitching’s ERA of 4.10 jumps them to 11th in the league. After they’re loss to Boston last night, they were 15th in the league with 4.18 ERA. So there’s some progress. Furthermore, Texas’ defense still leads the league in double plays with 63.
Offense finished 10-for-36, striking out eight times. Everyone in the lineup registered a hit with the exception of Jared Hoying. In the ninth, with Texas trailing 7-3, Rougned Odor blasted a three-run home run with two outs. Speaking of Odor, he endured harsh and loud boos from Toronto fans. His blasting of a three-run homer is basically him showing Blue Jay fans he can slug balls out of parks, too. Offense is 19th in the league in hits with 386. They’re also tied for tenth in runs scored with 227. They’re batting average .237 puts them at 26th in the league.
Yu Darvish steps on the mound tomorrow. He’s on four-game winning streak and he’s looking to make it five straight for the first time since 2013. Rangers need to get it done.