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Thoughts on a 4-2 Rangers loss

M's 4, Rangers 2

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M's 4, Rangers 2

  • Colby Lewis pitched well today, but Felix Hernandez pitched better, and thus, the Rangers lost.
  • Colby registered a complete game, albeit of the 8 inning variety, and was solid overall, allowing just 5 hits and a walk against 6 Ks.  Unfortunately, two of the hits were homers, one a two run shot by Jesus Montero, one a solo by Nelson Cruz.  The other run was unearned, as the M's placed Mark Trumbo on second when Bobby Wilson dropped a popup right in front of the plate, and brought him home on a two-out Ketel Marte single.
  • The Rangers had more opportunities, but no long balls, and failed to do as good a job converting as the M's did on their chances.  Texas scored single runs in the second and in the third, with Rougned Odor doubling home Elvis Andrus in the second, and Shin-Soo Choo scoring on a wild pitch in the third.  The Rangers got a pair of runners on in the fourth, the eighth and the ninth, but couldn't get a run across in any of those innings.
  • Perhaps most noteworthy in this game was that the Rangers challenged a call once -- a called third strike on Rougned Odor that actually hit his forearm -- and had a call challenged by the M's once -- an Odor infield single.  They prevailed both times.  Amazing, given how poor their replay luck has been this year.
  • Also, Jeff Banister got ejected in the eighth for arguing balls and strikes in the dugout.  Lance Barrett's strike zone appeared to be more generous for the home team throughout the game, and there was a fair amount of carping by the Rangers throughout.  The Brooks Baseball strike zone map data is below, so you can see for yourself why Banister was unhappy with the balls and strikes today: