In baseball, it’s not always about how many hits you can get but more about when you can get the big ones. 

Unfortunately for the Rangers, they couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it on Thursday afternoon. They lost 4-3 to the Seattle Mariners, dropping the game and the series. 

Once again, Seattle got on the board in the first inning, as Ty France snuck a two-run home run into the right field corner off Andrew Heaney. Rangers starters surrendered runs in the first inning in all three games against the Mariners. 

Nathaniel Lowe would instantly get one of those runs back in the bottom half of the first as he blasted his first home run of the season into the Rangers bullpen to cut the Seattle lead in half. 

Josh Smith followed up a double in his first at-bat with a solo home run in his second plate appearance to tie the game at 2 in the third inning. Smith now has 12 RBI in 20 at-bats, compared to just 15 RBI in 232 at-bats last season. 

Andrew Heaney surrendered his second two-run home run of the day in the fifth when Luis Urias belted one into the left-field seats to put the Mariners back on top 4-2. 

Heaney would settle in at times, but the two home runs loomed large as he would exit with a final line of 6 IP 5H 4ER 7K 0 BB.

“I thought he [Heaney] threw the ball well,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

“I know you look at the numbers; they’re okay, but he could have come out better. There were a couple of balls that got up, and they hit a couple of two-run homers, but no walks and 7 strikeouts; I thought he had really good stuff tonight.”

The Rangers bullpen had a really strong day, as highlighted by Cole Winn throwing two perfect innings with four strikeouts. Josh Sborz also threw his first appearance after coming off the IL and fired a 1-2-3 inning. 

“They [the bullpen] have been really good; across the board, all of them are coming in and doing their job and getting big outs, picking each other up if they come in the middle of an inning with men on base, tight ballgame Cole [Winn] I loved the way he handled himself today, Sborzy [Josh Sborz] for his first time out, I thought he looked sharp, so they’re doing all they can to give us a chance to win.”

Marcus Semien drove an RBI single in the 7th to cut the Mariners lead to one, but unfortunately, that was as close as the Rangers would get. 


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