The Texas Rangers fall short in the first game of their series in Baltimore. As a result, Texas loses their second straight game, meaning their first two-game losing streak nearly two weeks. Furthermore, Texas remains in third place in the American League West standings, sitting 17 games behind the first-place Astros.
Another night that just wasn’t for the Texas Rangers. Taking a 1-0 lead in the second, Texas was excelling on pitching and defense. As far as the offense goes, it was silent yet again. The next three innings went quiet until Baltimore tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, making 3-1 in the seventh. Texas couldn’t do anything about it.
Andrew Cashner took the mound, hoping to win two straight games for the first time this season. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, and striking out three batters, falling to 4-8. For now, his first two-game winning streak this season remains to be seen. Regrettably, the lack of run support from the batting lineup is a big part of his shortcoming.
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Jeremy Jeffress relieved Cashner, taking over for the rest of the game. Pitching 1.1 innings, allowing two hits, no runs and striking out two batters. Jeffress has not allowed a hit in five straight games now, allowing only four in his last ten. Furthermore, he’s struck out seven batters. He’s doing great, in any case, he must keep it up.
The offense finished 3-for-28, striking out five times. Good thing they’re avoiding the streak of eight or more strikeouts, but that really doesn’t help since the bats are so quiet right now. Shin-Soo Choo’s two-game hitting streak is over. Carlos Gomez extends his hit-less streak to two games. Nomar Mazara and Elvis Andrus go a combined 0-for-7 after both getting one hit in the finale in Kansas City. Rougned Odor extends his hit-less streak to five games. Adrian Beltre snaps his two-game hitless streak, going 2-for-4 and he’s now just 18 hits away from reaching 3,000 career hits. Jonathan Lucroy is now on a five-game hitting streak, going 1-for-3. Joey Gallo goes hitless for the sixth straight games and only has one hit in his last ten games.
Tyson Ross takes the mound for game two. Texas needs to get back to the win column. A win in game two is crucial.