Rapid Reaction: Mariners 5, Rangers 3
The bats went relatively silent and Scott Feldman wasn't able to get out of the fifth inning in a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Texas did score three runs in the eighth to get closer, but it wasn't enough.
What it means: Texas went 3-3 on this road trip. They end 20 straight games without a scheduled off day at 10-10.
Offensive drought: Since the second inning of the final game in Houston, the Rangers have scored eight runs in 35 innings. ... In the last 10 games, Texas has scored 35 runs (an average of 3.5 per game). Coming into Wednesday's game, they had hit just .251 (78-for-311) in the last nine games. The Rangers have gone 4-6 in the last 10 games. ... The eighth inning did keep the Rangers from getting shut out. They haven't been shut out this season, along with the Orioles, Indians, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Giants.
|Manager Ron Washington joins ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Bryan Dolgin following the Rangers' 5-3 loss in Seattle on Wednesday. |
Feldman can't get through five: Feldman, filling in for the injured Neftali Feliz, wasn't able to get out of the fifth inning. After the grand slam, he was taken out in favor of lefty Robbie Ross. In 4 1/3 innings, Feldman gave up five runs on three hits with five walks (one intentional).
Walks: The Rangers pitchers are starting to have issues with walks. They came into the road trip second-to-last in the AL in walks, but in Seattle they've had issues. Feldman was the latest one. He walked the first three batters he faced in the second inning but managed to get out of the inning with only one run allowed (on a sacrifice fly). ... Yu Darvish walked six on Monday and three scored. Matt Harrison had two walks in the first inning Tuesday and one of them scored. Harrison, however, rebounded from it and didn't walk another batter. ... The Rangers issued 15 walks in this three-game series.
Wasted chance early: Yorvit Torrealba hit a fly ball to left field that should have been caught by Alex Liddi. It wasn't and Torrealba ended up at second (he wasn't running hard out of the box, thinking it was going to be caught) with no outs. But Mitch Moreland, Kinsler and Andrus weren't able to get him home.
Beltre's day: Third baseman Adrian Beltre came in hitting .300 on the road trip (6-for-20) and added a double in the fourth -- but was stranded -- and a two-run homer in the eighth.
Up next: The Rangers get an off day Thursday before playing three at home against Toronto and three at home against Seattle before heading to Anaheim.
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Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.