The Texas Rangers again lose to the Boston Red Sox. This results in Texas not only being on a three-game losing streak, but they also lose their third straight series. Furthermore, Texas falls to 40-44, remains in fourth place in the American League West standings, dropping to 17 games behind the first-place Astros.
Another rough night for the Texas Rangers. This loss drops them to 0-5 against Boston this season. Tonight’s game ended in final score of 11-4. That’s the second time this season Boston has scored at least ten runs against Texas. Game three of this series is the last these two clubs are going at it this season. For Texas, it’s very good news because Boston, like several others clubs, is just too much for them.
Yu Darvish took the mound. He pitched a season-low 4.1 innings, allowing a season-high eleven hits, season-high seven runs, and striking out four batters, which is ties a season-low. His eleven hits allowed also ties a career-high, which is only the second time he’s allowed this many hits, the last time being his rookie year in 2012. Ironically, it was against the Red Sox. This loss results in Darvish falling 6-7. For only the second time in his career, Darvish has a losing record during the regular season. In any case, he really must pick himself off the ground and get his groove back. After all, he’s in his contract year.
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Nick Martinez relieved Darvish. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, and striking out three batters. Like Darvish, the Red Sox are too much for him, as well. However, since reverting back to a reliever Martinez has done okay. In any case, he must keep it up.
Tony Barnette pitched the ninth inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out two batters. This season against Boston, Barnette has only allowed two runs on four runs, as well as striking out eight batters. Maybe he’s too much for the Red Sox to handle? In any case, he must keep it up. Since suffering his fourth blown save nearly a month ago, he’s doing okay.
Offense finished 10-for-37, striking out 15 times. The streak of eight or more strikeouts by the offense in a game increases to four. Shin-Soo Choo’s three-game streak has snapped. Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor’s hitting streaks both increase to seven. Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli are now both on a five-game hitting streak. It was Napoli’s three-run homer in the eight that put Texas on the board. Delino DeShields snaps his two-game hit-less streak, going 2-for-5 with a solo homer. Going 3-for-5, Adrian Beltre recorded his 600th career double and he’s now 26 hits away from reaching 3,000 career hits.
Offense has 128 home runs and counting this season, which places them fourth in the league. Furthermore, their 778 strikeouts places them fifth.
Andrew Cashner takes the mound for the series finale. He’s looking to snap a two-game losing streak and help Texas snap their three-game losing streak.
According to Evan Grant, Texas is 4-18 against American League division leaders this year. It’s been a rough first half of baseball for Texas. They better pray they can do what they did in 2015 and turn the season around. They’ve done it before, they can certainly do it again.