Rays 7, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 6 — There is really no point in hiding it. Late May and early June have not been kind to the Texas Rangers at all. The Rangers limped into Sunday’s contest with a record of 1-10 over their last 11 games, and it was crystal clear to everyone that they needed to change their overall approach. The good news, however, is that nothing lasts forever. Eventually teams manage to string together wins, thus changing their whole dynamic. Perhaps this Rangers ball club is in for some much needed good fortune. They sure could use it. Unfortunately, it was not to be this time as the events of Sunday afternoon saw the Rangers lose their series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays by a final score of 7-1.
Sluggish at the Plate
The Rangers’ lone run came in the bottom of the first inning. To set the scene, first baseman Nate Lowe grounded into a double play that allowed third baseman Brock Holt to score from third. It seemed like there would be plenty more where that came from, but it never materialized. It was a letdown to the Rangers as well as the crowd of 26,442 that were in paid attendance. Manager Chris Woodward has be at his wits end with this slump. It’s anyone’s guess how many team meetings they’ve had regarding this problem, but you can bet there have been a handful. The fans and the players alike were not pleased as the Rangers lost the finale.
Right-hander Dane Dunning was the starter for the Rangers in the finale. He did well as he pitched five innings and gave up only three hits. He struck out six and walked two. His pitch count was elevating, thus Woodward replaced him in the sixth with lefty Taylor Hearn. Hearn tossed two innings, giving up one hit while striking out one and walking one. Fellow lefty John King came on in the eighth inning but only pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs in the process. Two of said runs were earned. The first of those runs came on a bases loaded walk to Yandy Diaz. Then Taylor Walls doubled, allowing Randy Arozarena and Mike Brosseau to score. Righty Josh Sborz came in to get the final two outs via the strikeout. Last but not least, left-hander Brett Martin pitched the ninth and surrendered the final four runs. It was a tough day as the Rangers lost the finale to the Rays.
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