Texas Rangers lose their series against Mariners

Rougned Odor joined an elite group by hitting his 30th home run at age 22. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
Rougned Odor joined an elite group by hitting his 30th home run at age 22.
Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers have finished their series in Seattle, but it didn’t quite go the way the Rangers hoped it would. Just last week, the Rangers swept Seattle, but this time, the Rangers lost three-out-four games. Luckily, the Rangers are still 8.5 games ahead of the second place Astros.

Let’s Evaluate Each Game
Game 1: Rangers lost 14-6. Cole Hamels was the starting pitcher. He surrendered five runs in the first inning. After surrendering another two runs in the second inning, he was pulled from the game. Hamels pitched a season-low of 1.2 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering a season-high of seven runs, and struck out four, thus earning his fifth loss this season. After trailing 7-0 in the third inning, the offense managed cut the lead 7-5. However, in the sixth inning relief pitchers Yohander Mendez and Jose LeClerc surrendered a combined seven runs to allow Seattle to take a commanding 14-6 lead, which would be the decider. The offense finished the night registering seven hits, scoring six runs, and striking out eight times. Rougned Odor hit his 30th homer, thus becoming the seventh player at age 22-or-younger to hit have a 30-homer season since 2000, joining the likes of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Albert Pujols, and Miguel Cabrera. The offense managed to force Felix Hernandez to throw nearly 50 pitches in the third inning! Nomar Mazara homered for the 17th time. The offense had a decent performance, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a humiliating loss.

Game 2: Rangers won 10-7. Martin Perez was on the mound. He went 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering four runs, and striking out three. He’s 10-10 for the year and he’s won two in a row for the first time since June. Relief pitcher Jake Diekman could not retire the three pitchers he faced. In a three-game stretch, Diekman has allowed three walks, four hits, and surrendered three runs. Because of this, for the fifth time in Rangers history a pitcher has gone at least three appearances failing to retire a batter. Luckily Keone Kela and Matt Bush were able to hold off the Mariner offense, and Sam Dyson was able to earn his 32nd save, so the bullpen was able to avoid another nightmarish performance. The offense registered 15 hits, scored 10 runs, and struck out 10 times. Elvis Andrus had three doubles and a homer. Adrian Beltre scored a run in his 12th consecutive game, breaking the previous record of 11, which was shared by Ian Kinsler and Michael Young. Beltre became 88th all-time runs scored with 1,418. Beltre also hit his 585th career double, tying him with former Ranger Rafael Palmeiro for 19th all-time in doubles. The only hiccup from the offense was that they left a season-high of 15 men on base. Overall, the offense was okay, but the men left on base percentage is too high and must not happen again.

Game 3: Rangers lost 8-3. A.J. Griffin was on the mound, and went 4.0 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering a season-high of eight runs, and striking out seven. Things immediately began to get out of hand for him in the first inning after he allowed a grand slam that gave Seattle a 5-0 lead. After he surrendered a two-run homer that increased the score to 7-0, the pressure increased, and after he surrendered a solo homer in the fourth, it was the end of his night. Griffin’s two-game winning streak was snapped and he’s now 7-4 for the season. The bullpen did an amazing job by not surrendering any runs, allowing just one hit, and striking out two. However, the offense couldn’t find a way to come back. The offense finished the night with seven hits, scoring three runs, and striking out six times. Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to ten consecutive games. Beltran blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning, giving him his 419th career home run, and third in a Rangers uniform. He’s now seven homers shy for 50th all-time. Overall, not a very good performance for the offense as they could not get much momentum going to spark a come back.

Game 4: Rangers lost 6-3. Derek Holland was on the mound, and went 4.1 innings, allowing a season-high of ten hits, surrendering four runs, and striking out five. It wasn’t a good night for Holland as had back-to-back innings with the bases loaded and he was forced to throw more than 30 pitches in those two innings. Reliever Jake Diekman, who’s been in a nightmare lately was finally able to end an eight game stretch of not retiring a batter when he struck out Nelson Cruz, but then he surrendered a solo home run. Overall, the bullpen only surrendered two runs, both of which were by Diekman. Relievers Keone Kela, Matt Bush, and Jose LeClerc all allowed no hits, and struck out two. The offense finished the night registering eight hits, scoring three runs, and striking out seven. Ian Desmond scored his 100th run, and he’s the first Ranger in four years to reach 100. Not a very explosive night for the offense.

The Rangers are now headed to Anaheim for a three-game series against the Angels. The Rangers need to forget about their nightmarish series in Seattle. They can’t let it distract them. The Rangers have lost four of their last five games, but they need to put that behind them. The only thing they need to focus on is winning their next three so they can head to Houston on Monday with momentum. If they can win their next two series, they’ll be good to go for their next home stand against the Oakland A’s.

Yu Darvish takes the mound tonight. Let’s hope he and the Rangers turn things around.

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