You’ve read this story before.
No, not this exact one, but the story of a struggling Rangers offense that is unable to pick up a starter after a strong outing.

That’s precisely what happened today as the Rangers dropped both the game and the series at the hands of the Angels, who won today’s rubber match 4-1.

After failing to record a baserunner through the first three innings, Corey Seager got the Rangers on both the hit and run column by lifting a hanging knuckle curve into the right field seats to put Texas up 1-0.

However, that was all the Rangers would get.

They managed seven hits but plated just one run.

Texas’ best other chance to score came in the 8th when Jonah Heim came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, but the Rangers backstop flew out to center.

“You gotta create those opportunities, and we’re not doing a lot of it,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

“We did in one inning but just couldn’t get a hit to break it open”; “We’re missing some slug, we’re not slugging like we normally do, and that’s why we’re sitting on one [or] two runs the last nine or ten days.”

Other than that, the Rangers’ offense was held at bay by Angels starter Jose Soriano, who pitched 7.2 innings, allowing just the Seager home run while striking out five.

“Their guy [Soriano], he had really great stuff,” Bruce Bochy said.

“I think you look at the velocity and the off-speed pitches.”

Coming off a season-best seven shutout innings on Monday against the Guardians, Michael Lorenzen was just as good this afternoon.

Lorenzen went 6.1 innings without allowing a run while striking out six.

Unfortunately for Lorenzen, his line wouldn’t reflect the afternoon that he had. Jonathan Hernandez came in with two runners on in the seventh and surrendered four runs, two of which were charged to Lorenzen.

“[Michael] was really, really good too. He worked pretty hard there, and we tried to take care of him, but we just couldn’t get a couple of outs there, but what a job he did to give us a chance to win that ballgame.”


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