It was a frustrating day in Arlington as the Rangers dropped the finale to the White Sox. Was this just an off game or have the Rangers gone cold once again?
The game-time temperature was 97 degrees as A.J. Griffin and the Rangers prepared to do battle against Miguel Gonzalez and the South Siders. The Texas Rangers offense was red-hot heading into Sunday’s game, but went completely cold.
The offense failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position going 1 for 9 in Sunday’s 3-2 loss. The Rangers scored 17 runs on Saturday, but could just push across two runs despite having the bases loaded with one out.
To add insult to injury Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and pitcher Matt Bush collided chasing a popup. It was a long run for Bush but he made the play and their heads collided in the process. Both players left the game after the play, but were able to walk off under their own power.
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According to Sam Butler neither player will travel with the Rangers as they head to Anaheim. Texas starts a four-game series against the Angels on Monday. Both Gallo and Bush will undergo concussion protocol dictated by the MLB.
Not having Gallo in the lineup is going to hurt the Rangers as they headed into an important match-up with the Angels. The Rangers drop to 2 1/2 games back of the Angels for the Wild Card spot.
Lefty Cole Hamels gets the ball on Monday in game one against in Anaheim. In his last three starts Hamels is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA. The Rangers will need to step up without their young slugger in their lineup on Monday.