In a game in which your opponent only scores one run, and you load the bases twice with no one out, you tend to feel pretty good about your chances to win.
However, the Rangers saw themselves getting the short end of the stick in that exact scenario.

Texas got a strong start from Andrew Heaney but fell 1-0 at the hands of the Washington Nationals on a night where the offense struggled mightily after scoring 7 runs on 11 hits last night.

Unlike seemingly every game of this home stand, the Rangers didn’t give up a run in the first inning. However, they did give one up in the second after a double and RBI single from the Nats forced Texas to play from behind again.

That would be the last run Andrew Heaney gave up. He was dominant, throwing his best start of the season, going 7 innings and allowing just 1 run and 4 hits.

“What a great job he [Heaney] did, that was a tough loss for him,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

“It’s hard to pitch better than what he did tonight, 7 solid innings, really did a good job pounding the strike zone, he did his job, but we just couldn’t get a hit [or] a productive out.”

The Rangers loaded the bases in the second inning with no one out after three straight singles but were unable to score after Wyatt Langford bounced into a fielder’s choice out at home, Jonah Heim struck out, and Leody Taveras grounded out.

It’s not often you get the bases loaded with no one out twice in one game, but sure enough, the Rangers did, and sure enough, they did not score once more.

In the fifth, with the bases loaded, Nathaniel Lowe grounded out, Adolis Garcia struck out, and Evan Carter flew out to stand three runners once more.

The Rangers left 11 men on base as they were shut out for the third time this season.

“There is no way they [the offense] are pressing this time of year; this is a team that just won a championship, so I can tell you they’re not pressing,” said Bochy.

“It’s just one of those nights that’s hard to explain when you get that many opportunities and just don’t get a run-in.”


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