M's 7, Rangers 5
- Well, that wasn't the way to start off a road trip. Sloppy game by Texas, in every area, really.
- Derek Holland gave up three home runs, two solo shots and a three run home run, and while I haven't run the numbers, I'd wager you usually lose when your starting pitcher gives up three bombs.
- Two relievers trying to climb back into the tree of trust pitched today, and were .500. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched two solid innings, while Shawn Tolleson gave up two runs in the eighth to turn a one run game into a three run game.
- Defense was an issue today, with Rougned Odor dropping a pop up for an error, and then later booting a Ketel Marte bunt that was scored a single but could have been an error. The situation was exacerbated by a sequence of miscues in the eighth. Tolleson struck out Nelson Cruz to start off the inning, but strike three got past Robinson Chirinos, allowing Cruz to reach. Dae-Ho Lee hit a come backer than Tolleson couldn't field cleanly, so he could only get Lee at first, rather than a double play. Kyle Seager was then walked intentionally, bringing up Chris Iannetta, who singled to left. Cruz was held at third until Ryan Rua's throw home was fielded by Tolleson right in front of the plate...except he didn't field it cleanly, with the ball bouncing away, allowing Cruz to score, and with Rua, for some reason, being assessed with an error. A sac fly brought home Seager, and topping off the awful inning, Chirinos didn't catch the throw home, allowing Iannetta to go to third and giving the Rangers another error.
- On the plus side, the offense did some things, and Mitch Moreland hit a pair of home runs after hitting a pair of doubles yesterday, so maybe he's heating up.
- Anyway, it was a less than ideal game, but those things happen.