While the offense was watching J.A. Happ fastballs sail down the middle of the plate for called strikes, Martin Perez was continuing his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2018 season with his latest miserable start that ultimately put an abrupt end to the Rangers’ season high three-game winning streak.
After his previous start against the Mariners during the last homestand where he allowed two runs in six innings, Perez proclaimed his early-season woes over. With a mechanical issue allegedly behind him, Perez appeared rebooted and ready to contribute.
Today in Toronto, Perez allowed four runs on five hits (including three home runs) and four walks in four innings as he mostly looked uncomfortable on the mound while topping off in the high 80s with his fastball.
So, back to the drawing board, I guess.
Player of the Game: The Rangers brought Renato Nunez over from Oakland for one purpose: To smack around left-handed pitching. Today, Nunez blasted a dinger off lefty Happ for his first HR with Texas which, at the time, gave the Rangers an early 1-0 lead that they would hold until three Perez pitches into the next half inning.
Up Next: The Rangers travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians with Cole Hamels set to make the start against RHP Trevor Bauer. First pitch from Progressive Field is scheduled for 5:10 pm CT.