Rangers lose series against Angels

Look to the future, Derek. Photo Courtesy: EricEnfermero

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers’ series against the Los Angeles Angels didn’t go the way we thought it did. In fact, it went the complete opposite way, and it finished with the Rangers only winning one game in the series. The Rangers are now back to three games behind the Houston Astros for the first place position in the A.L. West standings.

Martin Perez was on the mound for the Rangers in game one. Through six innings, Perez allowed five hits, surrendered three runs, and struck out only three batters. Despite a combined seven hits and being struck only twice on offense, the Texas Rangers fell short and lost 5-2.

Derek Holland took the mound in game two. In eight innings, Holland allowed three hits, surrendered only one run, and struck out five batters. The Rangers offense struggled in this game and were only able to record six hits and be struck out a combined seven times. Despite the offensive struggles, the Rangers won 2-1, giving Derek Holland his third straight win this season. Since returning from injury, Derek Holland has only surrendered three runs, allowed 14 hits, and has struck out 22 batters. Derek Holland has been looking hot since his return. Holland is projected to be the pitcher to start for the Rangers in the wild-card playoff game.

Colby Lewis pitched for the Rangers in game three. Lewis was looking to end a two-game losing streak. But tonight was just another rough night for him. In a short five-inning game, Lewis allowed ten hits, surrendered seven runs, and struck out five hitters, and got no support from the Rangers offense who were only able to record two hits. Rangers ended up losing game three 7-0. This loss gave Colby Lewis his third straight loss. In his previous three starts, Lewis had allowed a total of 23 hits, 18 runs, and had struck out only eight batters.

Despite losing this series, the Rangers are still in the wild card spot, and are still in good shape. But they will need to win their next series to catch up to the Astros and take first place. The Rangers will now take on the Seattle Mariners in a four-game series in Seattle. Game one is tonight with Yovani Gallardo taking the mound. Gallardo is currently on a four-game winning streak and will look to make it five wins in a row.

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