Texas Rangers: What Did We See In Yesterday’s 10-1 Loss?

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 22: Mike Napoli
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 22: Mike Napoli /

The Texas Rangers are coming off a rough 10-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. As a result, they fall back to under .500. The Rangers are 8-4 in their last twelve games. They still have two games remaining in Anaheim before they head up the Bay area to for a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Winning their next two games will help.

Coming off a hard-fought 5-3 win in game one of this series, the Texas Rangers had confidence coming into game two. Unfortunately, the Rangers just didn’t get the job done.

The Rangers are 62-63. As of late, they’re moving up and down from .500. This is a critical moment for Jeff Banister & company. The club needs to continue winning instead of winning, losing, winning, and losing back and forth.

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The pitching had a rough night. Tyson Ross took the mound, hoping to improve to 4-2. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out four batters. Austin Bibens-Dirkx relieved Ross and immediately allowed three runs on three hits, managing to strike out one batter. Soon after Tony Barnette and Nick Gardewine both allowed a combined four runs on four hits, each failing to strike out a player. Jhan Marinez pitched the last 1.1 innings for Texas, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter. Amazingly they managed to force the Angels to leave 13 runners on base.

The bats had their work cut out for them. Going 9-for-34, striking out ten times is not the path that leads to a win. Especially leaving ten runners on base. The bats are currently in a tie for first in the league in home runs with 195. In game three, the Rangers are going to need to send a few balls over the fence to help bring more momentum and confidence.

What happened in this game is simple; The Rangers just didn’t play good baseball. Though they’ve been doing well lately, they’ll reach a bump or two, which is what we saw last night. Andrew Cashner takes the mound tonight. Cashner is 4-2 in his last six games.