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Thoughts on a 4-3 Rangers loss

Red Sox 4, Rangers 3

Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Red Sox 4, Rangers 3

  • Well, a sweep of a four game set in Boston would have been a lot to ask.
  • Lance Lynn did Lance Lynn things today, registering a Quality Start by going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs. Lynn had 8 Ks against 1 walk, lowered his ERA to 4.40, and continued to make his 3 year, $30 million contract signed this offseason look like a pretty savvy move by the Rangers.
  • Brett Martin had a solid 7th inning in relief of Lynn before getting in trouble in the 8th, allowing a two out Rafael Devers double, prompting an intentional walk to Xander Bogaerts, bringing Brock Holt to the plate. Alex Cora lifted Holt in favor of Eduardo Nunez, prompting Chris Woodward to bring in Jesse Chavez, and Chavez needed one pitch to get out of the inning.
  • Alas, Chavez retired no one in the 9th. With the score tied, Chavez allowed a ground rule double, a single, a walk, and then a bases loaded walk to Mookie Betts to end the game.
  • It was unfortunate.
  • Also unfortunate was the flaccid effort from the bats today. The Rangers scored a pair in the first on an Elvis Andrus single, a Nomar Mazara double, and a Hunter Pence double.
  • And after that? After that they had an Elvis double in the sixth, a Rougned Odor single in the seventh, and nothing else in the hit column. Even when the Rangers picked up their third run, in the 8th, it was due to a Shin-Soo Choo HBP and a Delino DeShields bunt that was thrown away, putting runners at second and third to set up an Elvis sac fly.
  • The offense is better when Joey Gallo is healthy, I think. The good news is, though, that it sounds like he could be back in a couple of weeks.
  • Series finale tomorrow, and we still have a chance to take the series. A split in Boston is nothing to complain about, but it would be nice to nab 3 of 4.