M’s 5, Rangers 0
- Pretty solid debut for Andrew Cashner. Coming off the disabled list before he was expected to be back, Cashner had a shutout going into the sixth inning, and possibly could have gotten through six without allowing any runs.
- Alas, the sixth was the difference in the game. After Jarrod Dyson grounded out to start the inning, Mitch Haniger hit a smash to Elvis Andrus’s backhand that Elvis got a glove on, but couldn't make a play on. Next, Robinson Cano hit a ball back up the middle that Elvis got s glove on, didn't pick cleanly, then flipped to Rougned Odor st second. The throw, unfortunately, was high, no out was recorded, and instead of possibly being out of the inning, there were two on and one out for Nelson Cruz, who Cashner pitched around and ultimately walked.
- Alex Claudio was warming, Kyle Seager was up, and Cashner was at 76 pitched, close to his 90 pitch limit. I assumed Claudio would come in, giving the Rangers a lefty-lefty matchup with a ground ball pitcher, but Jeff Banister stuck with Cashner. Cashner got to 3-2 on Seager, but allowed a full count two run single. Mike Hauschild then came in and immediately gave up a three run home run, and that was the ball game.
- Leaving Cashner in to face Seager, rather than going to Claudio, didn't make sense to me. Of course, given that the Rangers didn't score any runs, I'm not sure it would've mattered anyway.
- Hauschild, meanwhile, gave up hard hit balls and looked like a AAA pitcher. I'm not confident he sticks on the major league roster all year.
- On the plus side, Sam Dyson had a 1-2-3 8th inning. It was two ground balls and then a bomb by Cruz that looked like a home run, but was caught on the warning track. But anyway, Dyson had a scoreless outing, which is good.
- We won't talk about the bats. Joey Gallo had a double. I don't know that there's anything else positive to say about the hitters.
- Anyway, let's avoid a sweep tomorrow.