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M’s 14, Rangers 2

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M’s 14, Rangers 2

  • Not much to say about this game. It was a Murphy’s Law game, and the best thing about it is that now it is over.
  • Taylor Hearn made his major league debut today. The Rangers’ plan had been to avoid calling up any of their heralded young arms early on, but needs must, and I guess they decided that, well, he’s mentally tough enough to handle it, and hopefully can pitch a few decent innings.
  • That didn’t happen of course. Hearn retired one batter, and got knocked around, and Chris Woodward had to pull him for Brett Martin in the first. And things...well, I was going to say went downhill from there, but that implies that things were ever uphill.
  • The highlight of the game was probably Woodward successfully challenging the call at first on the first play of the game, when Shin-Soo Choo ended up getting credited for a leadoff single after the initial out call was reversed.
  • If only everyone could have gone home then.
  • The other highlight of the game was Logan Forsythe drawing a bases loaded walk to make it a 14-2 game.
  • Not only did Brett Martin and Jeffrey Springs have to throw a bunch of pitches today, but so did Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez needed 55 pitches to get through 2 innings, gave up 5 runs, and now has a 9.58 ERA. Hearn is almost certainly going down tomorrow to get a fresh arm up, but I suspect Gomez will also be off the roster, put on the waiver wire so they can add someone to the 40 man as a potential emergency arm.
  • Oh, and Asdrubal Cabrera left the game with a tight calf. No word on how serious, but he could go on the I.l. so Rougned Odor can be activated tomorrow.
  • And Jeff Mathis didn’t catch today, despite the Rangers using a not-ready-for-the-majors brand new starting pitcher, but he did pitch the 8th. And it was scoreless work, too.
  • Basically, today was bad, and if you are reading this I have to assume you are some sort of masochist. The good news is that in a few weeks this game will have faded into the mists of our memories.