clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

32-29 - Rangers drop series opener to Athletics 5-3

Rangers falter in a series opener for basically the millionth time this season

Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

At one point in this game the Texas Rangers held a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning against the Oakland A’s and it looked like they had a real shot to win and find themselves up five games above .500 for the first time this season.

Alas, the Rangers did not score any more runs on the night and the Athletics scored the next three runs to take the game and kick Texas back to three games over .500.

Texas had a lot stacked against them tonight. This contest was the first game of the series which, in this season’s weird quirk, the Rangers just absolutely refuse to win those, and that five games above .500 mark is one no Rangers team has reached since the 2016 Rangers ended the season with 95 wins.

Time to sweep the doubleheader tomorrow, I suppose.

Player of the Game: Leadoff hitter Delino DeShields went 3-for-4 and drew a walk as he continues to look a little more comfortable at the plate in his time back in the big leagues.

Up Next: The Rangers and A’s are back at it tomorrow for a doubleheader to make up for a rainout from mid-April. In the opener, Texas will send LHP Joe Palumbo to the mound to make his MLB debut against RHP Paul Blackburn for Oakland.

In the late game, LSB tailgaters will see RHP Adrian Sampson make the start against RHP Chris Bassitt. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1:05 pm CT while the second game will begin around 8:05 pm CT following the retiring of Adrian Beltre’s No. 29.