By now, we all know that the Rangers offense has been struggling of late, but no matter what, the defense has been consistent… until tonight.

The Rangers made three errors and scored just three runs on five hits as Texas dropped the series opener to the Angels by a score of 9-3.

Jonah Heim lined a solo home run into the left-field seats to put the Rangers up 1-0 in the second, but the poor defense gave that run right back in the very next inning.

A check swing nubber was perfectly placed by the Angels’ center field, and Kevin Pillar allowed him to reach first. When Luis Rengifo was heading home, Nathaniel Lowe fired the ball wide of Jonah Heim at the plate, allowing a run to score.

Zach Neto made that Rangers mistake loom even larger in the fourth when he launched a two-run home run to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.

Only two batters after that home run, Andrew Heaney’s night would be done as he went just 3.2 innings and threw 83 pitches.

The Rangers’ bullpen didn’t do much better. The Angels scored three runs in the fifth off Grant Anderson, and by the end of the night, Los Angeles had a 9-spot.

Bruce Bochy once again summed it up best after the game. Bochy said:

“Just an off night, that’s all I can tell you.”

That is just about the only quote one would need if they wanted to sum up this one.


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