Astros 10, Rangers 0
- The first two games of this series were winnable games, and the Rangers won one of them.
- Today was not a winnable game. The Astros had their best pitcher going -- a pitcher who has been one of the best in the A.L. this year -- and he's lefthanded, which vexing the Rangers anyway, and he had his "A" game. The Rangers had their best starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, going, but Gallardo didn't have his command today, and that was that.
- Gallardo only went four innings plus two batters, gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, struck out just a single batter, and saw his ERA bump up to 2.91. Some of the national types on Twitter act like every bad outing crushes a player's trade value in July, and every good one sends it skyrocketing, which seems pretty silly to me. Gallardo is probably going to be traded in the next two weeks, and the teams interested in him know what he can do. All today's outing does is make it more likely he's traded because it contributed to a loss, which puts the Rangers farther out of the race.
- Anthony Ranaudo, Ryan Rua and Adam Rosales all played today for the first time in exactly two weeks -- it was two Sundays ago, July 5, when they last played. Ranaudo gave up 5 runs in 3 IP and Rua was 0 for 3 with 2 Ks, but Rosales, at least, had one of the Rangers' three hits today.
- Ranaudo, incidentally, is probably on his way back to Round Rock now, with Nick Martinez rejoining the rotation tomorrow.
- There's really not much to say about today's game. The Rangers got stomped, and brought the day of throwing in the towel a little bit closer. They'll go to Colorado now, and see if they can take a series there and start trekking back to .500.