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Thoughts on a 5-2 Rangers loss

Astros 5, Rangers 2

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Astros 5, Rangers 2

  • Well, the Rangers fell short in the Cole v. Cole battle.
  • Cole Hamels was okay. Two home runs allowed, one to Evan Gattis, one to Alex Bregman. Just two walks against five Ks. All five runs charged to him, bumping his ERA up to 3.86 on the season. Hamels has been homer-prone and HBP-prone this season.
  • Hamels went 7.1 IP, with Jesse Chavez getting the final five outs. Chavez is quietly having a solid season in an unheralded role — he now has a 3.56 ERA on the year, with a 3.89 FIP.
  • Joey Gallo played center field today, and I guess that’s going to be a thing periodically going forward, with Delino DeShields struggling and Adrian Beltre needing to DH quite a bit. I dont know that he is going to be particularly good out there, but one can hope at least he won’t be terrible.
  • The bats once again had one of those bleah nights. Texas struck first, with Shin-Soo Choo leading off the first with a walk against Gerrit Cole, Jurickson Profar singling, and then Adrian Beltre bringing him home with a single. And that was it for scoring runs until Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a pinch hitting Robinson Chirinos each doubled off of Ken Giles to bring home a run.
  • Choo went 2 for 4 with a walk, and no one else got on base more than once. As I said, it was a bleah night for the bats.