Arlington – The Texas Rangers faced off in the rubber game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Field. The Tigers jumped all over Kohei Arihara to the tune of 6 earned runs in 3.1 innings.
Brock Burke, who has been great all year gave up the other 3 runs, and by the end of 5.5 innings the Rangers trailed 9-0. Usually that is the time to start packing it up and going home, when your team is down by 9 in the sixth.
If you left early, you missed a great offensive effort in the last 4 Rangers half of innings. They scored 2 in the sixth, 3 in the eighth, and 3 in the ninth falling just short at 9-8.
The Texas Rangers did not give up after trailing 9-0. They had some great at bats and it showed as they were able to plate 8 runs in the last 4 frames. Nathaniel Lowe, Marcus Semien, Leody Tavares and Corey Seager had multi-hit games, and Seager homered twice.
The bullpen gave up three runs in five and two thirds innings on only five hits. As previously mentioned, the team also never gave up even when they were down by 9 runs.
I have to start here with Arihara. He did not look sharp at all. He allowed 8 hits and 2 walks in just 3.1 innings pitched. I guess the silver lining is that he only gave up 1 homer.
Adolis Garcia saw his 23 game hitting streak come to an end. It was fun while it lasted, and Adolis has most likely cemented himself as one of the Rangers outfielders going forward.
Errors and bad plays still plague this team, but they are looking better overall. Hopefully that will continue to improve over the next four weeks or so.
All in all Texas Rangers fans have some things to look forward too. This team is playing better overall, and they have young talent that are beginning to show they can be a part of a winning team going forward.
The team has the day off tomorrow before Houston comes in for a quick 2 game series. Then it is off to Boston and Houston.