The Texas Rangers opened a 3-game set against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Michael Lorenzen took the hill for Texas as they looked for their second win in a row.

Lorenzen pitched around a 1-out single in the first, and the Rangers went down in order as the game started scoreless after 1 inning.

Wilmer Flores quickly made it 1-0 Giants in the top of the second, and the Rangers went quietly yet again. After a couple of quiet innings, Flores again came up in the 4th and drove the ball out of the park to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

Lorenzen loaded the bases with only one out in the 5th, and that would be it for his start. Jonathan Hernandez came in and shut the door, striking out Jorge Solar and Wilmer Flores to end the inning.

“I thought Lorenzen kept us in the game; he did some good thing,” Bochy said after the game.

“Pitches caught up with him a little bit, but we did some good things. Johnny [Hernandez] great job pitching out of a tough jam there. He really bailed us out..”

Coming Alive for an Inning

The offense finally mustered 2 runs on 4 hits and a sacrifice fly (Grossman) in the fifth inning to tie the game at 2. That held until David Robertson gave up a walk to Matt Chapman and a homer to Michael Conforto to make the game 4-2 Giants.

Save the one inning, the offense is still looking to find its way against almost everyone in 2024. Rangers hitters just look uncomfortable at the plate.

Without Seager and Jung, this offense looks bad. Even with Seager, it has been mediocre at best. The pitching and defense have been a different story.

Ezequiel Duran has been playing great defense, no matter where the Rangers put him.

“Last year, we saw him [Duran]; this year, no matter where we put him, he does a good job. He did; he had a nice game, great game there at third base…”

The Rangers’ defense and pitching have been really good during this stretch. But the bats finished the game 0-13 with no walks. There was not one base runner from the 5th inning on.

Continuing the Cycle of Losing

The Rangers are facing some tough pitching, for sure, but they need to find a way to battle through that and win games. For fans, it’s frustrating to watch their team lose close games night after night.

The Rangers can still win the series and are, of course, not even close to being eliminated from the postseason. Fans need to remember how many mediocre teams Bruce Bochy has won a World Series with.

Andrew Heaney will take the mound tomorrow to continue the series against the Giants.
Hopefully, Corey Seager will be back in the lineup, and the offense will remember what it is capable of.

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