Today’s game went from frustrating, to scary, to depressing on a sweltering summer day in Texas.
The game was frustrating because the Rangers had bases loaded, one-out situations in twice only to come away with nothing to show for it against lightweight Miguel Gonzalez and his sparkling 5.81 road ERA in 2017.
The game was scary because Matt Bush collided head first into Joey Gallo’s face on a flair to third base. Bush left the game dazed while Gallo left the game bloodied after rolling around in pain for a good minute.
The game was depressing because this guy, and his .531 OPS with six RBIs on the year, collected RBIs seven and eight today on a double:
That double equaled the number of extra base hits the Rangers had today. The Rangers also left ten runners on base and were 1-11 with runners in scoring position.
The one hit came when Mike Napoli dumped a single into center field with two runners on but Nomar Mazara held up to make sure it wasn’t caught and became a victim of the first blown bases loaded opportunity.
With the chance to go back above .500 AGAIN against probably the worst team in baseball AGAIN after having scored a million runs the night before AGAIN, the Rangers crapped the sheets.
This was probably the worst game of the season so far, everything considered.
Player of the Game: No one. Unlike last night when everyone on the team was on fire at the plate, today the team looked like confused against Gonzalez and mounted nothing until two outs in the ninth against the horrible Chicago bullpen.
Rougned Odor hit that two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but it was too little, too late.
On the mound, A.J. Griffin was A.J. Griffin-y, but three runs in five innings to this White Sox team with a two-run double given up to Tyler Saladino and his stupid mustache is pretty unworthy of kudos.
Up Next: The Rangers will try to once again return to .500 to start a big series in Anaheim against the Angels. Cole Hamels makes the start for Texas in the opener against LHP Tyler Skaggs. First pitch from Anaheim is scheduled for 9:07 pm CT.