The Texas Rangers are now 36-30 and winning road games in Boston against the defending champion Red Sox and, at least as far as tonight’s game went, doing so in a laugher. You know, just as we all anticipated.
Not a laugher? The fact that Angel Hernandez still has a prominent role as a MLB umpire. Even though the game became a cakewalk for the Rangers, we were also treated to an impromptu ump show as acting crew chief Hernandez ejected the managers from each squad — Chris Woodward’s first heave-ho as a big league manager! Congrats, Woody! — and Andrew Benintendi was sent to the showers early as well.
I feel like the problem here might be a lack of respect for Hernandez because, well, he’s Angel Hernandez and, honestly, an umpire with such a poor track record has probably already lost the ability to ever really be respected. So, you have an incompetent ump with a chip on his shoulder. MLB should consider moving on.
Player of the Game: Ariel Jurado faced a tough Red Sox lineup and allowed three runs in six innings of work for another quality start. Then again, Hunter Pence did this:
Up Next: RHP Lance Lynn will get the start for the Rangers on Wednesday against RHP Rick Porcello for Boston. First pitch from Fenway Park is scheduled for 3:05 pm CT in deference to the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals.