The Texas Rangers come up short in game two of their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. As a result, they drop their fifth consecutive game and drop to 9.5 games behind the first place Houston Astros in the American League.
Earlier this month, they were on a ten-game winning streak. Now they’re on a five-game losing streak. Now, the Texas Rangers are going in the wrong direction. Instead of heading towards their third A.L. West title, they’re headed to the bottom of the MLB rankings.
Yu Darvish stepped on the mound, looking to win his fifth straight game for the first time since 2013. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, three runs, and striking out four batters. Everything went well until he allowed a three-run homer. Texas couldn’t respond and lost 3-1, dropping Darvish to 5-3 on the season.
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Sam Dyson relieved Darvish, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter. Good to see Dyson pitch well after what happened to him in Boston when he allowed four hits and four runs in a matter of seconds! It’s been a tough year for Dyson. Let’s hope he’ll recover. We need him to return to the form he was in during the WBC when he represented the U.S.A. Alex Claudio then came in, pitching only for a blink of an eye, allowing one hit, then being pulled immediately in favor of Tony Barnette. Barnette pitched 0.2 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out two batters. In this game, pitching forced Toronto to leave 11 players on base.
Pitching’s ERA of 4.16 drops them six spots. Last night, they were 11th. They’re 13th in the league in runs allowed with 226, as well as 26th in strikeouts with 341. It’s obvious, pitching has a lot of work to do. Still plenty of baseball, but there’s no time to waste.
Offense finished 6-for-32, striking out 12 times. Shin-Soo Choo blasted a solo homer in the first inning and that’s about it. Three players went hit-less. Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields went a combined 1-for-7 and both struck out three times. Offense’s batting average of .237 puts them 26th in the league. Texas is 20th in hits with 392 for the season, as well as 11th in runs scored with 392. However, in the last five games, the offense hasn’t done very much. In this game, they had plenty of chances to score some runs, but they didn’t get the job done.
Andrew Cashner steps on the mound for game three. He’s looking to win his second game of the year. The Rangers are in hole deep enough. It’s now time for them to dig themselves out of it. They can do so by starting a new winning streak. Again, still plenty of baseball, but there’s no time to waste. Every game counts.