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Texas Rangers Week 5 Recap: Salvaging a Losing Week on the Road

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At least it ended well

Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images

Season record: 14-13

Week 5 record: 2-5

Series record: 4-2, 2 split (April home series against Oakland is TBD since Saturday’s game was postponed until June 8th)

The Rangers managed to salvage an absolutely terrible week on the road with two wins against Seattle on Saturday and Sunday.

After being swept in Oakland, being outscored 23-11, they headed to Seattle which would begin it’s series with Drew Smyly on the I.L for nerve tightness in his right-arm, leading them to call up Taylor Hearn.

It was pretty much known that Taylor Hearn wasn’t ready for the big leagues and that this was basically a desperate call up by the Rangers who had just played a bullpen game on Wednesday in Oakland.

We saw that pretty much as soon as Hearn got on the mound. His first inning went like this: walk, walk, mound visit, passed ball, walk, single (1-0 score), fly out, double (4-0 score), mound visit, walk, error by Logan Forsythe, single. Finally, Hearn is taken out of the game at 39 pitches with a line of 0.1 innings pitched, three hits, four walks, five runs, four earned.

Definitely not the debut he wanted, or really deserved, but he did manage to keep a smile on his face while trying to get through it. The Rangers lost that game 14-2.

They came close to winning game two in Seattle after Choo hit a homer in the top of the 9th inning to take the game into extras, but the Rangers ultimately lost 5-4, which extended their losing streak to five.

However, things changed during the weekend. The AL West first place Seattle Mariners defense suddenly forgot how to play baseball and the Rangers took advantage of it. In Saturday and Sunday’s game alone, the Mariners committed SEVEN errors and the Rangers out-scored the Mariners 29-2.

The Rangers hit nine homers in Seattle, seven between just Saturday and Sunday.

They now head home for a short home stand consisting of two games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Off-days Monday and Thursday.