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30-28 - Rangers embarrassed by and then nearly embarrass Baltimore in 12-11 loss

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Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

Even though this current era of the Baltimore Orioles franchise might be one of the worst groups in baseball history, the 2019 Rangers in the first game of a series might be even worse. Texas has opened 20 series this season, and, with the loss tonight, they are 5-15 in those games.

Were it not for three straight series opening wins in mid-May, Texas would be looking at something even more dire when it comes to putting their best foot forward.

In some regards, this one was over before it even really got going as the Orioles scored four first inning runs off Drew Smyly before the crowd had even gotten a chance to settle into their seats. It only got worse from there and ended up pretty ugly overall.

Especially when you consider the ugly ninth inning that started happening for Baltimore where, before you knew it, a 12-5 game was suddenly 12-11 because the Baltimore Orioles are extremely not good. Unfortunately, the rally ended with Texas missing out on that final run to pull off a miraculous comeback and they’ll have to settle for knowing they scored 11 runs against the 2019 Baltimore Orioles and didn’t win. Ugly, indeed.

Then again, old Ranger utility bench cheerleader Hanser Alberto went 4-for-5 for Baltimore so it wasn’t all bad!

Player of the Game: There wasn’t much to be happy about tonight pre-ninth inning rally but Shin-Soo Choo did lead off the Rangers’ half of the first inning with his 200th career home run which is a nice career milestone for Choo. The dinger also made him the first Asian-born player in MLB history to reach the feat.

Up Next: The Rangers and Orioles continue this series with LHP Mike Minor set to make the start for Texas on Wednesday night against LHP John Means for Baltimore. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.