The Texas Rangers come up short in their series finale against the Seattle Mariners. It’s okay, though. They won two-out-three games, so their series-winning streak is at three. Thanks to the Angels and Astros losing, the Rangers remain in second place and remain eleven games behind Houston. Next up, is a team they’ve been feuding with since the 2015 playoffs, the Toronto Blue Jays. In any case, the Rangers must fight and find a way to win this series.
A rough afternoon for the Texas Rangers. Seattle all of a sudden took a 4-0 lead in the first. Texas did make it 4-2 in the second, only for Seattle to make it 5-2 in the third. It went quiet for a while, until Texas made it 5-3 in the seventh, only for Seattle to make it 7-3 in the eighth, basically sealing the game as Texas could not respond.
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Yu Darvish took the mound, looking to get his first win this season against Seattle. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowing a season-high eight hits, a season-high five runs, and striking out six batters, suffering his fifth loss this season.
Bullpen did everything they could to prevent Seattle from inflicting more damage, but they did not get run support from the bats. The lack of support from the bats is truly what hurt this team today and prevented them for getting a win. Dario Alvarez is the reliever who allowed the game-sealing two runs, however, he did strike out one batter. Jeremy Jeffress took over for Darvish, pitching 2.0 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out on batter. Keone Kela and Matt Bush both allowed no hits, no runs, and each struck out one batter. Ernesto Frieri made his major league debut, closing out the game, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out no batters. Overall, Texas’ pitching forced Seattle to leave seven on base.
Offense finished 4-for-30, striking out five times. A horrible performance, though that’s three games now where Texas has managed to strike out less than eight times. Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor, and Carlos Gomez each had one hit. Joey Gallo is now on a two-game hit-less streak, as is Elvis Andrus. Nomar Mazara is 2-for-12 in his last three games. As mentioned earlier, it was the lack of production from the bats that led to a defeat. In any case, the bats need to wake up.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx steps on the mound for Texas’ first game against Toronto tonight. He’s 2-0, looking to win his second straight start. The Rangers are looking to win this series. They should go for the sweep if necessary. The last thing Texas needs is being humiliated by Jose Bautista & company.