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The Texas Rangers went into Chicago to take on the Cubs with the hopes of going back in the series-win column. Unfortunately, the Rangers couldn’t get the job done, and they lost their fourth consecutive series. The Rangers are 4.5 games ahead of the second place Houston Astros. However, if the Rangers do not get back on the series-win column, they risk dropping out of first place.
Performance Against the Cubs
Offense: Registered a total of 14 hits, scored only five runs, and were struck out a total of 24 times. A sloppy and humiliating performance for the offense. They’ve got some improvements to make. Prince Fielder is still trying to crawl out of his slump.
Rotation: Martin Perez, Yu Darvish, and Cole Hamels were the pitchers for this series. They allowed a total of 12 hits, surrendered 9 runs, and struck out 17 batters. Darvish only pitched 4.1 innings, but for him to retire nine batter that quickly is a positive sign in his return. Perez surrendered six runs, and only retired one batter. It was just a horrible outing for him. As far as Hamels, well it’s good to see him return to his old self as he allowed just four hits, surrendered just one unearned run, and retired seven batters. Aside from Perez, not a bad performance for the rotation.
Bullpen: Allowed a total of just three hits, surrendered one run, and retired eight batters. It’s been a while since the Rangers bullpen has played like this. Maybe their beginning to return to their old form again, as well. Keone Kela returned to action in Game 2, his first appearance since he suffered an injury in April. Kela allowed no hits, no runs, and retired three batters. Seems like he has healed up very nicely.
The Rangers are now headed to Anaheim for a three-game series against the arch-rival Angels. A.J. Griffin will step on the mound for Game 1 for Texas. He hasn’t pitched since his last start prior to the All-Star break so he should be well rested and ready to go. Game 2 look for Kyle Lohse and Martin Perez will start Game 3. The Rangers can’t afford to lose their fifth straight series. The time to win is NOW.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
7/18 @Angels 9:05 pm
7/19 @Angels 9:05 pm
7/20 @Angels 9:05 pm
7/22 @Royals 7:15 pm
7/23 @Royals 6:15 pm
7/24 @Royals 1:15 pm