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Thoughts on a 4-3 Rangers loss

Another loss. Ho hum.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins 4, Rangers 3

  • It was a Miles Mikolas night, which featured a very Miles Mikolas start.  Pitched several innings, threw strikes, allowed a bunch of hits, gave up a homer.  Mikolas ultimately gave up 3 runs in 5 innings.  Well, he gave up 1 run in 5 innings, then pitched to the first three hitters in the sixth, didn't get any of them out, and two of them scored.
  • Roman Mendez, Phil Klein, and Shawn Tolleson all pitched and did productive things.  Klein had three walks in his one inning of work, one of which was a four pitch leadoff walk to Giancarlo Stanton that may have been semi-intentional, and then two other walks which were intentional.  Klein's ERA is now down to 2.35 on the season, so that's pretty good.  And Mendez has a 1.33 ERA.  And Tolleson has a 3.00 ERA.
  • In fact, the Ranger reliever who pitched today who has the highest ERA is Neal Cotts, who ended up picking up the loss -- his 7th of the season.  Cotts ended up getting charged with an unearned run due to an Adrian Beltre throwing error in the 10th that allowed the leadoff batter to get on base.  After retiring a pair of batters and giving up an infield single, Neftali Feliz came in to pitch to Stanton.  Stanton hit a single to give the Marlins a walk-off win.
  • Rougned Odor had a pair of throwing errors today, both while trying to turn double plays.  Neither ended up mattering, but Odor's defense has been a bit shaky of late.  He's also been struggling at the plate, and you have to wonder if that's carrying over on the field.
  • The Rangers had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 9th, when Elvis Andrus led off with a single, and then advanced to third base on an Adrian Beltre single.  With runners on first and third and one out, Ron Washington put a suicide squeeze on with Dan Robertson at the plate once the count got to 1-1.  Pat Neshak Steve Cishek threw a breaking ball that wasn't anywhere near the plate, however, and Robertson ended up not even offering at it.  Elvis was tagged out, and that pretty much ended that rally.
  • Rougned Odor scored on a bizarre play in the 7th inning, when he roped a double into right field that Giancarlo Stanton turned into clownball.  First, Stanton misplayed it off the wall, and then ended up kicking the ball.  Chasing after it, he stumbled and fell, giving Odor the chance to score on the play.
  • Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin all had two hits tonight.  Yay, 2-hit games!
  • I'm ready for the season to end.