The Texas Rangers should have saved some of those eight runs from last night for today's matinee finale in Seattle. Texas scored just two runs in their first extra innings game of 2016 in today's 4-2 loss to the Mariners in 10 innings.
Robinson Cano continued to be a big thorn in the sides of the Rangers as he hit his fifth home run against them this season -- he has five total -- with a then go-ahead shot in the bottom of the 5th. I can't tell if Cano is back to being his pre-2015 self or he just vampire'd Kyle Seager's special Ranger-murdering abilities this April.
Nevertheless, the Rangers squandered their opportunities early and then didn't get many chances to plate runs as the game wore on until Delino DeShields took one deep in the top of the 8th to tie the game. At that point, it became a battle of the bullpens and the Mariners were able to get a dramatic win via a two-out, two-run dinger by Dae-Ho Lee off Jake Diekman in the bottom of the 10th.
The Rangers finished their first road trip with a 4-3 record which I'm sure they'll gladly take even if 5-2 seemed within their grasp.
Player of the Game: Delino DeShields hit a home run. At Safeco. In 2016. I like to pretend that I understand baseball but I do not. DeShields' home run came during an overall 3 for 5 day at the plate as well.
Up Next: The Rangers get to come back home and open a four-game series against the currently undefeated Baltimore Orioles. RHP Chris Tillman will take the mound for the Orioles and the Rangers will counter with professionally handsome Cole Hamels. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.