If you were expecting the Astros to dominate the Rangers well at least the Rangers gave it 18 innings before things got out of control. Where Cole Hamels and Doug Fister did well holding back the Astro offense, Matt Moore did not.
Moore lasted just four innings and allowed four runs and before we knew it, the weak part of the bullpen was in the game. Before long after that, the game was out of reach.
To make things worse, the offense rolled out the b-team lineup and the bottom of the order responded as you might have expected it would. Hitters six through nine in the lineup went a combined 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts and a walk.
Player of the Game: Mostly no one else was good today but Elvis Andrus went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run, and three runs scored as he looks to make it known that 2017 wasn’t a fluke.
Up Next: The Rangers conclude the season opening series against the Astros with RHP Mike Minor on the mound against RHP Gerrit Cole in the debut of each pitcher with their new teams. The finale is set for a 2:05 pm CT first pitch.