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Thoughts on a 7-3 Rangers loss

Astros 7, Rangers 3

Houston Astros  v Texas Rangers Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

Astros 7, Rangers 3

  • This game was kind of lousy.
  • Texas had a starting pitcher leave via an injury, a reliever who the team needs to get back on track gave up a two run home run, and the offense did little.
  • Bah.
  • Doug Fister had a bad second inning, allowing four runs, then settled down, allowing just one run the next three innings on an Alex Bregman home run. Then Fister left the game in the top of the sixth with a sore knee. No word on how serious the issue is, and Texas could skip his spot jntil June 19 if they wished, but Fister has been serviceable this year, and the next couple of starting options in AAA are Austin Bibens-Dirkx and then probably Yovani Gallardo, so hopefully Fister isn’t looking at missing serious time.
  • Matt Bush gave up a two run home run in the seventh inning — his second inning of work — to make it a 7-3 game, and putting a damper on comeback hopes.
  • Tony Barnette struck out three in two scoreless innings, which was good.
  • Texas also walked just three batters, making it the 19th consecutive game where the Rangers have walked three or fewer batters, setting a team record. That’s also good. The Rangers are doing a good job not walking batters this year.
  • The offense wasn’t terribly productive after Shin-Soo Choo led off the bottom of the first with a home run. The other two runs scored on a Nomar Mazara double. The team’s other three hits were a Delino DeShields double, a Choo single, and a Joey Gallo bunt single down the third base line against the shift. So all of you who have been clamoring for Gallo to bunt — there you go.
  • Alas. This isnt helping the quest for the Silver Boot, you guys.