Today was the first time the Rangers have lost a game in a fashion other than via a walkoff or one-run game since they lost to Cincinnati on June 22nd.
This game was pretty much bad from the start as Chi Chi Gonzalez was only able to manage 2/3 of an inning as he continued to struggle with putting away major league hitters. It wasn't all on Chi Chi, though. Texas committed several miscues in the first inning which made Chi Chi throw 38 pitches and try to get what amounted to five or six outs when he should have been out of the inning.
And that was just the 1st inning and the Rangers trailed 4-0. It, uh, got worse from there. In fact, the Rangers ended up scoring five runs so they could have survived the disastrous 1st if not for the fact that Minnesota scored three more in the 2nd, four in the 3rd, and six in the 6th.
Cesar Ramos allowed seven of those runs and Luke Jackson allowed six. The Rangers will likely be making a move before tomorrow's game to bring up a fresh arm. Heck the Rangers could just go wholesale and send Gonzalez, Ramos, and Jackson down for some reinforcements.
Player of the Game: Today's best pitcher? Bryan Holaday. The Rangers' third catcher was their sixth pitcher today and he tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Up Next: The Rangers close out this weekend series with the Twins looking to take the series with Cole Hamels on the mound against RHP Kyle Gibson. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm CT.