Rangers Struggle, Lose Series Opener to Orioles

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If you make your living playing Major League Baseball, then you’re used to odd travel schedules. Late nights, early mornings, and constantly living out of suitcases are par for the course in this industry. Another thing that happens is short home stands. The Texas Rangers are going through one right now against the Baltimore Orioles. The crowd watched the Rangers struggle under a closed roof in their series opener against the Orioles on Friday evening by a final score of 5-2. They play Baltimore at Globe Life Field on Saturday and Sunday, then it is back on the road. Here is a recap of Friday’s game.

Faulty Outing for Folty

On the hill on Friday night for the Rangers was left-hander Mike Foltynewicz. He managed to pitch five innings, but the outcome did not work in his favor. In those five innings, Foltynewicz gave up five runs, all of them earned, on seven hits. Two of those hits were home runs. He walked one and struck out six. Foltynewicz was shaky on the mound, to say the least. Perhaps he will do better in his next start on the road which will most likely be against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois next week.

 

Close but No Cigar

The Rangers had a mini-rally in the ninth inning. Trailing 5-2, they had runners at the corners. That brought the tying run to the plate by way of catcher Jose Trevino. Baltimore closer Cesar Valdez got the best of Trevino, however, as he got him to pop up to end the game. The bright spots offensively for the Rangers were designated hitter David Dahl and second baseman Nick Solak, both of whom had home runs. Both were given up by Orioles starter Jorge Lopez in the fifth inning, and both were solo shots. The Rangers did what they could, but it wasn’t enough on this particular evening. Manager Chris Woodward has to be getting a little tired of watching his Rangers struggle.

On to the Next

The Rangers and Orioles pick things right back up on Saturday for a 6:05 PM CDT start in Game two of this series at Globe Life Field. It will be a battle of righties. Dean Kremer will be going for the Orioles and Dane Dunning will get the ball for Texas. Hopefully, this will be the end of the Texas Rangers’ struggles.

 

 

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Players Mentioned:

Mike Foltynewicz, Jose Trevino, David Dahl, Cesar Valdez, Nick Solak, Jorge Lopez, Dane Dunning, Dean Kremer