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Thoughts on a 5-2 Rangers loss

Another rough outing for the team's starting pitcher, and another weak performance from the offense

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox 5, Rangers 2

  • Stop me if you've heard this before...the Rangers' starting pitcher, someone who is only in the rotation right now because of injuries, put the team in a hole early.  The offense never really showed up.  The Rangers, trailing after an inning, never seemed to be in the game, and went down without much of a struggle.  This seems like it could be the summary for over half the team's losses so far this season.
  • Robbie Ross had major location issues in the early going, repeatedly getting ahead only to leave pitches out over the plate that the Red Sox pounded.  Boston scored 4 runs in the first two innings, and it could have been a lot worse, with an out in each of the first two innings coming from sac bunts.  Ross settled down after that, though, retiring 15 out of 17 batters (with the two reaching getting on via a single and a Prince Fielder error) before a Dustin Pedroia homer knocked Ross out of the game in the 7th inning.  Its another one of those outings where there are good things to point to, but at the end of the day, Ross, allowed 5 runs in 6.2 innings, and that's just not good enough.
  • Jason Frasor and Neal Cotts each pitched an inning in relief, and Alexi Ogando retired the lone batter he saw, with the bullpen ultimately combining for 2.1 shutout innings in relief of Ross.
  • The Rangers had 8 baserunners today -- 5 singles, a double, a homer and an HBP.  You aren't going to win many games with just 8 baserunners.  Once again, the offense was flat and didn't do much.  Ross wasn't great today, but he was going to have to be near-perfect to win, given the lack of run support he got.
  • The Rangers are now 19-19, in 4th place in the A.L. West, and they've played worse than a .500 terms of runs scored and allowed, the Rangers are fortunate to be .500.  Texas has three games at Houston starting Monday, and hopefully, facing the Astros can help spark a winning streak.