There is one thing that every baseball fan has to be reminded of during this time of year. They need to keep in mind that it’s still early. In these early weeks of the 2021 season, Texas Rangers fans everywhere have been taking this phrase to heart. On Monday night, fans watched their Rangers fall again. This time it was to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, with a final score of 1-0. This marks the fourth loss in a row for the Rangers, and to say that they have an uphill battle ahead of them would be an understatement.
In their most recent loss to the Rays, the Rangers could only muster three hits. Over the course of their four-game losing streak, they have only scored four runs. They were also no-hit in the first game of their previous series against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field. Things have definitely been frustrating, to say the least. One can’t help but wonder if manager Chris Woodward has any tricks up his sleeve. Hopefully, he does.
As a staff, Rangers pitchers only gave up one run on three hits in this first game against the Rays. That run was given up by Taylor Hearn, and as a result, he ended up taking the loss. The pitcher that lasted the longest for the Rangers was righty Dane Dunning. He went four innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five. Lefty John King went one inning and only gave up one walk.
As the fans saw their Rangers fall again, they also saw left-fielder Ronald Guzman being carted off the field due to a knee injury in the first inning of Monday’s contest against the Rays. He was replaced in left-field by Eli White. He will be evaluated further in the coming days. Another injury status to take note of is that of right-hander Jonathan Hernandez, who had Tommy John surgery on Monday. He is expected to miss the rest of the 2021 season as well as the beginning of 2022.
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