Pedro Payano struggled mightily with throwing strikes in his third start since joining the rotation but somehow, even as Brett Martin came in and struggled as well, the Rangers only gave up three runs which allowed them to hang around and nearly come back and best the Brewers.
Instead, the Rangers scored just twice on two solo home runs as they lost for a fourth straight game to drop back to .500. So, bad news: The offense continues to be mired in its extended slump. Good news: They don’t have to play another NL rules game for the remainder of this decade following tomorrow’s finale.
Player of the Game: It is 2019 and Danny Santana exists so his sixth inning home run was enough to extend the Summer of Santana even though the Rangers couldn’t find that final run to tie the game after Shin-Soo Choo also went deep with a solo shot in the eighth inning.
Up Next: The Rangers close out this Interleague series in Milwaukee with LHP Mike Minor on the mound against RHP Jordan Lyles for the Brewers. Sunday’s first pitch from Miller Park is scheduled for 1:10 pm CT.