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Thoughts on a 4-3 Rangers loss

Royals 4, Rangers 3

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Royals 4, Rangers 3

  • Well, you can't win 'em all.  And I'll take winning two out of three games in Kansas City any time.
  • Colby Lewis gave up 3 runs in 7 IP on 5 Ks against just 1 walk today...his command wasn't that sharp, and he gave up some hard hit balls and struggled to throw strikes (16 first pitch strikes to 31 batters, 65 strikes and 36 balls in 101 pitches), but he pitched well enough to win today.  The biggest issue he had was a lack of support from his fielders...Elvis Andrus couldn't handle a ball that (per the DMN) took a bad hop in the second, allowing Omar Infante to beat the throw to first on what was called an infield single, but which was a play you'd expect Elvis to make.  Infante went to third on a double to left that Delino DeShields took a bad route on, and scored on a sac fly.  Then, Leonys Martin and Delino DeShields had issues fielding a two out Kendrys Morales double in the 5th, allowing Alcides Escobar to score without a throw, when playing it cleanly could have resulted in a play at the plate.  Escobar got on base in the first place on an infield single that Colby couldn't field.  With decent fielding behind him, Colby could have gotten out of the game with just one run allowed.
  • Keone Kela came into the game in the 8th with the score tied, was throwing mad heat (that's what the young people call it, right?  Mad heat?), got the first two batters, then gave up a two out solo shot to Salvador Perez to make it a 4-3 Royals lead.  Kela got the loss, dropping him to 4-2, and his ERA shot all the way up to 2.10, leading to at least a couple of folks on Twitter to bitch at Evan Grant about Kela:

  • The reality is, Kela still needs to refine his command, and he's going to give up the long home run from time to time when someone gets around on a fastball, but he's still been really good this year.
  • The Rangers only had eight baserunners on the game, but managed to bunch several of them together in the 7th, which was the only reason they were still in a position to be tied in the bottom of the 8th.  Mitch Moreland, Joey Gallo, Elvis Andrus and Leonys Martin strung together four consecutive singles in the top of the 7th, the first two off of Jeremy Guthrie, the last two off of Kelvin Herrera, and then Robinson Chirinos had an RBI groundout to tie the score at three.
  • Other than that, though, the closest thing to a rally the Rangers had were two-out doubles by Moreland and Prince Fielder, with Moreland's coming in the fourth and Prince's in the 8th.
  • So, a bleah game that the Rangers still were in position to win.  Oakland, Houston and Anaheim have already lost today, so no ground lost to any of them.  Things are pretty good for Rangers fans right now.