Astros 5, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas, August 28 – It was “Bark at the Park” night on Saturday at Globe Life Field. A crowd of 37,810 humans, and 259 dogs, filled the ballpark to watch their Texas Rangers play the Houston Astros. Unfortunately, the presence of man’s best friend wasn’t enough to get the Rangers a win. For the second night in a row, they fell apart against Houston. The final on Saturday night was 5-2. Here’s a look at Saturday’s action.
Allard’s Off Night
Left-hander Kolby Allard got the ball for the Texas Rangers in this one. Unfortunately, it seems as if Allard is dealing with some sort of a mental hurdle that he just can’t get over. It seems like he gives up a crooked number of runs in each of his starts. In six innings, he gave up five earned runs on eight hits. Two of those hits were home runs. He also walked three and struck out two. He ended up with the loss. His record now stands at 3-11 on the year. On the other side, lefty Framber Valdez got the win for Houston. He is now 9-4 this year. Valdez went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. He also gave up one home run. He walked one and struck out seven. Ryan Pressly nailed down his 21st save of the season.
Garcia Pitches In
The one bright moment for Texas came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Adolis Garcia crushed his 28th home run of the year. This was a good sign considering that many people have noticed that Garcia’s bat had cooled off since the All-Star break. We’ll see if this leads to more power. That was the second run for the Rangers. Their first came in the bottom of the fourth. Once again, it was Garcia that crossed the plate. This time it was on a force out grounded into by Nick Solak. Texas needs to find a way to score more runs, and fast, especially against Houston. They’re not playing for much this year, but at the same time, they want to end the season on some sort of high note.
As mentioned earlier, Allard gave up all five of the Astros’ runs. It started in the top of the second when Yordan Alvarez hit his 27th home run of the year. That was a solo shot. Then Martin Maldonado hit a sharp single that scored Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker. Then Carlos Correa put them ahead 4-0 with his 20th blast of the year. Finally, in the top of the sixth, Tucker scored again. This time on a single by Jose Altuve. The Rangers hope to bounce back in the series finale on Sunday. Taylor Hearn will start for Texas, and Zack Greinke will get the ball for Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 PM CDT.
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