The Texas Rangers suffer another humiliating loss to their in-state rivals, the Houston Astros. The fact that this game is in Arlington adds insult to injury. As a result, Texas drops to 13 games behind Houston, who’s in first place in the American League West. By now, it’s safe to say that the Rangers are lost in the deep hole they’ve dug themselves in.
Houston came into Arlington planning to bully the Texas Rangers in their own house. That’s exactly what happened as Texas lost 7-1, performing poorly on offense, as well as pitching. Defense did commit one error, but it was enough for Houston to take advantage. In any case, Texas can’t allow Houston to humiliate them again.
Yu Darvish stepped on the mound. Coming into this game 4-4 against Houston in his career, he looked to earn a winning record against the Astros. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, and striking out eight batters. His only mishap is the three-run homer he allowed in the fifth inning. According to Evan Grant, Darvish has allowed a three-run homer with two outs in two straight starts. Ironically, both of those in the fifth inning. Darvish is now 5-4 this season and 4-5 against Houston in his career.
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Dillon Gee relieved Darvish. Gee pitched 4.0 innings, allowing two hits, four runs, and striking out four batters. Pitching did everything they could, but they didn’t get any run support from the offense.
Pitching’s 4.29 ERA places them 18th in the league. They’re also tied for tenth in hits allowed with 473,13th in runs allowed with 249, and 28th in strikeouts with 366.
Offense finished 4-for-31, striking out ten times. Adrian Beltre registered two of the four hits. Elvis Andrus and Jonathan Lucroy both had the other two hits. Offense’s batting average of .242 places them 22nd in the league. They’re also 24th in hits with 435, tied for 12th in runs scored with 259, and 11th in strikeouts with 467. Beltre is certainly making an impact, but the rest of the lineup is not doing anything. In any case, the batting lineup must awaken and play well.
Andrew Cashner steps on the mound for game two. He’s taking on Lance McCullers Jr, who’s 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA. Cashner looks to lead Texas a must-needed win.