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83-57 - Mariners jump all over Griffin, Rangers lose 8-3

It's tough to overcome a 5-0 deficit just a few batters into the game no matter how much you do or do not ever quit

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Instead of being upset about this 8-3 shellacking by the Mariners, I come to advocate for the BORP.

A.J. Griffin has given the Rangers a 106 innings this season. The four innings he pitched tonight were not among his best and it would be easy to get mad about that. In fact, the eight runs Griffin allowed was the most he has ever allowed in a game in his big league career.

However, I feel like it's worth pausing to consider that 106 innings is nothing to sneeze at for this club. Imagine where those inning would have been divided up without him.

We might have seen more Kyle Lohse. We might have seen Chi Chi Gonzalez die out on the mound trying to reclaim a strikeout pitch. We might have seen a youngster like Yohander Mendez rushed to the big leagues. We might have seen JD give up prospects for a guy like Wade Miley.

So, yes, A.J. Griffin was real bad tonight -- and a match-up against the Mariners seemed like a poor one for him, regardless -- but Griffin has been an important part of the Rangers in 2016 just by soaking up innings even if he's been nothing more than a BORP.

Player of the Game: Carlos Beltran hit a three-run dong which accounted for each Rangers run. Bonus PotG for Tanner Scheppers who made his 2016 debut and tossed a scoreless 8th inning on just 11 pitches.

Up Next: The Rangers and Mariners close out this series with Derek Holland on the mound for Texas looking for a split against RHP Taijuan Walker of Seattle. First pitch is once against scheduled for 9:10 pm CT.