Texas Rangers: Poor Team Performance Leads To Tough Loss

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Jun 14, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (25) and relief pitcher Tony Barnette (43) stand on the mound after a play during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (25) and relief pitcher Tony Barnette (43) stand on the mound after a play during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers suffer a humiliating 13-2 loss in their final game of their series in Houston. Texas’ five-game winning streak is snapped and they drop to under .500 again. Furthermore, they drop to fourth place in the American League West standings due to the Mariners winning. Texas is now 12 games behind the first-place Astros.

This just wasn’t a good night for the Texas Rangers. Looking to sweep the Astros, they instead beat up. Houston jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the fifth, the Rangers only got one run for it. Houston then responded with two more runs. In the sixth, Houston scored nine runs and that was it, though Texas managed to score one more run. Texas humiliated Houston in the first two games and Houston wasn’t going to let that happen for a third straight time. Houston really turned the tables.

Andrew Cashner stepped on the mound coming a fantastic game last weekend in Washington. He pitched 4.0 innings, allowing ten hits, four runs, and striking out four batters, earning his sixth loss of the year. What started out as a decent game turned out to be a tough predicament for Cashner. At times, the Astros were in good position to score and he had found a way out of the inning. Soon it all went downhill.

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Bullpen couldn’t stop Houston either. Jeremy Jeffress, Tony Barnette, and Dillon Gee allowed a combined nine hits, nine runs, and struck only three batters. Gee is the only one who recorded a strike-out. Jeffress’ allowing of four hits is a season-high for him. After Houston’s batting lineup was embarrassed by Texas in this series’ first two games, they couldn’t let that happen a third straight time.

Offense finished 7-for-33, striking out 14 times. The streak of striking more than eight times in a game is now at 19. As we know, the record is 28 games. A record held by the Astros. They established this record in 2013, finishing with a horrible 51-111 record. If Texas was to tie or break that record, it certainly would not be good. The bats need to wake up and the strikeouts must decrease. Five players went hit-less. Shin-Soo Choo, Jurickson Profar, and Jonathan Lucroy all had multiple hits. Joey Gallo blasted his 19th homer of the season. Another terrible performance by the offense. The offense really needs to wake up. They’re already so deep in the hole they dug themselves in. They’ve gone deep enough. Now it’s time for them to climb out of it. Going much deeper will end their season prematurely.

The Rangers are off today. Seattle is coming to Arlington on Friday. Tyson Ross not only making his season debut on the team, he’s also making his first start in over a year. He’s been on the 60-day DL with a shoulder injury. Leading Texas to a win is his first step to reviving a sinking ship of a career.

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