If the Rangers were hoping to see Mike Minor go out and shove during what could possibly be his final start in a Texas uniform, their wish wasn’t granted. With trade winds swirling around him, Minor allowed two Daniel Vogelbach bombs as bookends to an otherwise unfavorable performance in Seattle.
In fact, the five runs Minor allowed were the most since he allowed six runs to the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day, though only four of them were earned. In total, Minor has allowed 16 runs in his last four starts dating back to July 2 spanning 22 1⁄3 innings.
I don’t think one start will mean much of anything as far as the overall evaluation clubs have on a particular player but Minor hasn’t been quite as dominate of late — especially since his complete game win in Detroit — which isn’t very pleasant timing for the Rangers.
With the loss, the Rangers have gone 0-fer every series in the second half and haven’t won a series since sweeping the Tigers at the end of June.
Player of the Game: Well, Rougned Odor hit a three-run dong. That was pretty swell. Otherwise, though, the Rangers bats did next to nothing at the plate in case anyone wants to pin today’s loss squarely on Minor.
Up Next: The Rangers head down to Oakland to open up a series against the A’s on Thursday night. RHP Ariel Jurado will make the start for Texas against LHP Brett Anderson. First pitch from the Oakland Coliseum is scheduled for 9:07 pm CT.