Chance brace and mental mistakes cost Rangers loss to Mariners
ARLINGTON – If there was a way for the bullpen scoreless streak to end, it might have been the cruelest. Josh Sborz came in with two outs and none in the seventh inning on Friday, and gave Taylor Trammell a double check swing. The ball collapsed above and behind the third goal. There was no way to catch him.
“It’s a withdrawal 100 percent of the time,” Woodward said after Rangers’ 5-4 loss to Seattle. “It’s a coincidence thing.”
This led to the first inning allowed by the Rangers reliever pen in four games.
The last three games of the Twins series featured 12 2/3 shutout innings in the reliever box. But before that streak reached even 13 innings, the Mariners scratched a seventh inning inning that turned out to be the game winner.
This is the type of game the Rangers played and won. Close, well trained, good attack. But a bit of bad luck and awkward mistakes made the difference as the Rangers fell to 16-18.
“We kinda loosened up a bit, I thought,” Woodward said of the late-game offense. “Swinging around to smash balls that I don’t think we’re going to get up there. Weak balls on the ground and weak contact. “
Twice early in the game, the Rangers recovered by two points. In both cases, Foltnewicz made it possible to equalize two homers in the next round. His 11 abandoned homers this season lead all baseball.
These were the mistakes on the pitching side.
Adolis Garcia had two hits – although he was struck out at first base twice.
It was the mistake on the base race side.
At home plate, Joey Gallo made a split-second decision in the eighth inning that would go against conventional wisdom.
The slugger saw the left side of the infield fully open and he filed a cavity. But in that situation – with Texas down by one point, two strikeouts and none on base in the eighth inning – his power could have tied the game.
That, along with wrestler interference on Jose Trevino, were the most mental mistakes.
“He did it on his own,” Woodward said of Gallo’s decay. “I will never blame him for trying to do this.” The hindsight is 20-20. If he succeeds there and Adolis does a home run, that looks awesome.
Willie Calhoun had two hits, including an RBI single. Nick Solak had three hits. The Rangers had 12 hits in total, but the offense couldn’t score after the third inning.
And after Foltynewicz gave up the two draw explosions against Dylan Moore and JP Crawford, he actually settled down. As soon as his pitch count hit the century mark, however, he was called out after 6 2/3 innings. And his replacement abandoned the tiebreaker.
“That’s how fast things can happen in this game,” a downcast Foltynewicz said of the home runs he allowed. “I’m just texting my family [now], just fighting over there. I’m just trying to get out the best I can, as fast as I can.
The Rangers offense hit the ball the first three innings. Nate Lowe’s 451-foot homerun to the dead center hitter’s eye was the longest homerun hit by a Rangers hitter in baseball stadium’s brief history.
This enclosure in Texas that has been so good the last two weeks. Coming in on Friday, in the last 11 games, he only has a 1.36 ERA in addition to 46 innings pitched.
Nothing has really changed in this game. Joely Rodriguez closed Seattle in the eighth inning. Brett Martin did it in the ninth. It boiled down to inadvertent contact from Trammell, followed by an RBI single from Mitch Hanniger. And then a few Rangers mistakes were added.
Texas’ three-game winning streak has come to an end. His series of comebacks did too. The team fell to 0-5 on Friday nights this season. And he was again unable to come back to .500 after setting himself up to do so.
For the most part, however, it was the kind of game the Rangers had played with successful results over the past week and more. They hit well. They presented well most of the time. And these last rounds were mostly dominant on the mound.
But after a week of scoring victories in games like this, he managed to do it again in that first game of the series.
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